Natalja Kurčinskaja, Director of the Missing Persons’ Families support centre, sends us good news!
In the absence of a rehabilitation centre for victims of human trafficking in Lithuania, a research report on human trafficking in Lithuania, has recommended that the first such centre be opened and administrated by the Missing Person’s Families Support Centre, at a new premises.
In a study which was conducted from 02-03-2015 to 30-12-2015, this new scientific work considered the issues relevant to the National Human Trafficking Prevention and Control model in Lithuania. The study also considered the possibility of future models.
It explored the scope and main causes of the human trafficking phenomenon in Lithuania, in relation to the risk groups. The concept of victimhood was explored from the context of statutory regulation applicable to both the European Union and Lithuania.
The study used a systematic approach to exploring the foundations of the National Human Trafficking Prevention and Control model, comprising three main systems – a separate and specialized program for human trafficking prevention and control; an operators system and a co-ordination system.
Specifically, the first system dealt with strategic executive oversight over objectives and tasks. The operators system offered an oversight control system over various subjects dealing with human trafficking and the last system related to parliamentary oversight and recommendations for efficient legislation. It is beleived that the structure of this model justifies a full cooperation between national and municipal subjects.
Poverty, lack of education, social vulnerability and exclusion are powerful risk factors which often precondition victims to be lured into trafficking and later sold off. Added to this is the lack of information on victims and the lack of systems which facilitate the exchange of important information.
Summary conclusions and recommendations:
- Develop a new Human Trafficking Prevention and Control programme, in parallel with a Public Security Development Programme. Special emphasis be placed on the prevention of trafficking of children and minors.
- Amend legislative instrument ATPK 1821, to include new regulations covering prostitution and buyers of sex.
- Ensure continued research and studies relating to evolving methods of human trafficking and with a view to identifying new risk groups.
- In the absence of a rehabilitation centre for victims of human trafficking in Lithuania, it is recommended the first such centre be opened and administrated by the Missing Person’s Families Support Centre.
Source: Summary of “PREKYBA ŽMONĖMIS IR SISTEMINIS POŽIŪRIS KAIP PROBLEMOS SPRENDIMAS” by Dr. Igoris Bazylevas and Virgilijus Pajaujis, p.92.
Full study in Lithuanian language available here: PREKYBA ŽMONĖMIS IR SISTEMINIS POŽIŪRIS KAIP PROBLEMOS SPRENDIMAS An English version is proposed for a later date.
Information shared by Natalja Kurčinskaja, Director of the Missing persons’ families support centre
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person