How not to become victim of human trafficking

The IOM has created a website and an app offering tips on how not to become a modern-day slave.

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People travelling abroad for a job in the summer should beware of becoming victims of human trafficking. In 2018, the most victims were reported in Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria and Sweden, according to Interior Ministry statistics.

“Dozens of Slovaks become modern-day slaves every year,” said Zuzana Vatráľová, head of the Slovak office of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), as quoted in a press release. “This includes men and women, people of various ages including children, those with minimal salaries and from standard social environments.”

How to avoid becoming a modern slave

These people are often abused, forced to beg, commit crimes, or they are sexually exploited or forced into marriage.

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