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IOM says about 30 Slovaks fall victim to human trafficking each year

For several years now, as many as 30 to 35 victims of human trafficking have been registered in Slovakia each year. In Europe alone, about 100,000 people fall victim to this modern form of slavery, senior Interior Ministry official Jozef Hlinka and the head of the International Office for Migration (IOM) branch in Bratislava, Zuzana Vatrálová, told a press briefing in Košice on Tuesday, October 18.

For several years now, as many as 30 to 35 victims of human trafficking have been registered in Slovakia each year. In Europe alone, about 100,000 people fall victim to this modern form of slavery, senior Interior Ministry official Jozef Hlinka and the head of the International Office for Migration (IOM) branch in Bratislava, Zuzana Vatrálová, told a press briefing in Košice on Tuesday, October 18.

They also announced a new information campaign that the ministry is launching in the media. The ministry said it has spent €17,000 on the campaign, the SITA newswire reported, and has received €150,000 from EU structural funds for the campaign and for the collection of relevant information on human trafficking. The Slovak Interior Ministry is launching a mass information campaign in the media on Tuesday alerting the public to current forms of human trafficking and warning people not to be tricked by attractive offers, especially ones to go abroad.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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