Report concerning the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Slovenia


Date of publication:  17 Jan 2014 Publisher:  Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings Publication type:  Report / Study / Data

The report is that of the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) on their findings on Slovenia’s obligations. According to the report the Slovenian authorities have taken a number of steps to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings. In addition to the criminalisation of human trafficking, provisions pertaining to the rights of victims of trafficking have been introduced in a number of legal acts. Further, a National Coordinator has been appointed and national action plans for combating trafficking have been drafted and implemented by the Inter-ministerial Working Group for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings since 2004. The existing institutional framework brings together in a co-ordinated effort all relevant actors, including non-governmental organisations. That said, GRETA considers that the Slovenian authorities should pay increased attention to human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation, trafficking in children, trafficking in persons from vulnerable groups, including Roma, and trafficking within Slovenia – While taking note of the existing legal possibilities for providing victims and witnesses with protection measures before, during and after criminal proceedings, GRETA urges the Slovenian authorities to make full use of the measures. The special protection procedures envisaged for children should be available for all persons below 18 years of age. Finally, GRETA stresses the need to strengthen the training provided to judges, prosecutors and other relevant professionals on the issue of human trafficking, and to encourage the law enforcement and prosecution services to develop their specialisation with a view to improving the collection of evidence to enable the successful prosecution of traffickers.

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