Two Little Girls
Bosnia Herzegovina is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, children, and persons with developmental disabilities subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour. Bosnian women and girls are subjected to sex trafficking within the country in private residences, motels, and gas stations. Roma boys and girls are subjected to forced labour, including forced begging and forced marriage by local organized criminal groups.
In some cases of forced marriage, girls as young as 12-years-old have been subjected to domestic servitude and had their passports withheld. Victims from Serbia, Bulgaria, Germany, Kosovo, and Ukraine are subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour within the country. Bosnian victims are subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour in Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Spain, Italy, and other countries in Europe.
Bosnia Herzegovina is rated as a Tier 2 Watch List Country by the US Department of State’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report indicating that the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. Despite these efforts, the government did not show progress in convicting trafficking offenders or identifying and protecting trafficking victims; therefore, Bosnia and Herzegovina is placed on Tier 2 Watch List.
“150 education sector professionals, 150 peer educators, 30 medical staff, 30 prosecutors and judges and 400 journalists and journalism students have been trained to use Two Little Girls in their work.”
Association XY sees Bosnia Herzegovina as a country in which all segments of sexual and reproductive health and rights are protected and respected and in which every individual makes free decisions about her/his health and sexuality. The society as a whole is tolerant, it values and protects sexual and reproductive health and rights of each person, and it advocates the prevention of all forms of discrimination.
Association XY is a non-governmental organization dedicated to improving and promoting sexual and reproductive health and healthy lifestyles through advocacy and provision of high quality information, education and services provided to young people and marginalized populations, respecting diversity, choice, human rights and freedoms of all citizens in Bosnia Herzegovina.
KEY CAMPAIGN ACHIEVEMENTS:
- 150 professionals from the education sector, 150 peer educators, 30 medical staff, 30 prosecutors and judges, and 400 journalists and students of journalism have been trained to use TLG in their work.
- More than 600 Bosnian teenagers took part in panel discussions on human trafficking with government and NGO representatives in 2013.
- The Office of the State Coordinator for Anti-Trafficking in the Ministry of Security uses the TLG film within their primary school education module on human rights.
- The Bosnian TLG campaign was launched at the Art House Cinema Kriterion in Sarajevo on the 2012 European Day Against Trafficking in Human Beings with screenings run in conjunction. There were additional screenings in three other locations in Bosnia Herzegovina – Banja Luka, Tuzla and Mostar. The launch and accompanying events received extensive media coverage (5 TV stations, 3 radio stations and 2 print media reported on the launch).
- 80 people attended the launch in Sarajevo and another 100 at the other events, including teachers, students and the media. A total of 180 education packs were disseminated.
- The second phase of the TLG campaign in Bosnia Herzegovina consisted of panel discussions on human trafficking using the TLG film with secondary school children throughout October, November and December 2013, run in partnership with the United States Embassy, the Ministry of Security, and the Department for Anti-Trafficking, the Ministry for Education Science and Youth, and the Forum of Solidarity EMMAUS (NGO). 8 panel discussions were held at the Art House Kriterion Cinema with secondary school students in Sarajevo. 357 young people aged 14-17 years old and 45 teachers participated.
- The TLG film was screened 3 times per day on both the 17th and 18th October 2012 by the national TV broadcaster FTV. FTV is one of the three main TV broadcasters in Bosnia Herzegovina with an estimated 3.5 million viewers. More than 1.75 million people are estimated to have seen TLG broadcast on TV.
- TLG was featured again at Association XY’s events to mark the 2013 European Day Against Trafficking in Human Beings with media coverage reaching more than 1.5 million people.
- Association XY organised a workshop in November 2013 for 54 school directors of elementary schools from Sarajevo training them on the new school subject ‘Healthy Lifestyles’. As part of the workshop the TLG film and campaign were presented and each participant received a copy of the TLG DVD.