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IOM: Around 100 Slovak victims of human trafficking every year

Around 100 Slovaks become victims of human trafficking every year, with approximately half of the cases identified, said Zuzana Vatralová from the International Organisation for Migration on Tuesday, June 14. In 2008-2010, 53 such cases were uncovered.

Around 100 Slovaks become victims of human trafficking every year, with approximately half of the cases identified, said Zuzana Vatralová from the International Organisation for Migration on Tuesday, June 14. In 2008-2010, 53 such cases were uncovered.

Up to the end of 2010, the victims of human trafficking have been mainly forced into prostitution and pornography, but slave labour has been on the rise recently. The latter mainly concerns men who are forced to work in poor conditions without payment. Among Slovak citizens it is often Roma that have been forced to work, with most of the individuals concerned being poor, lacking information and seeking illegal work, said Vatralová, as cited by the TASR newswire. The number of sexual exploitation cases was stable, the SITA newswire wrote, but the number of slave workers is going up.

According to the Interior Ministry, there are around 390,000 unemployed people in Slovakia, with another 200,000 Slovaks working abroad. These people could potentially become victims of human traffickers. The ministry has thus launched an information campaign aimed at prevention.

Sources: TASR, SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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