Two Little Girls
Croatia is a destination, source, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour. Croatian women and girls, some of whom respond to false job offers online, fall victim to sex trafficking within the country and throughout Europe.
Children are exploited in prostitution. Roma children from Croatia are at particular risk of forced begging in Croatia and throughout Europe. Women and men, including victims from Romania and Bosnia Herzegovina, are subjected to forced labour in agricultural sectors.
A March 2013 report from the European Commission highlighted Croatia’s low number of identified trafficking victims.
Croatia is rated as a Tier 2 Country by the US Department of State’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report indicating that the Government of Croatia does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so.
“ The Croatian Ministry of the Interior included the TLG film and campaign materials in their anti-trafficking educational programme for schools.”
CESI – Centre for Education, Counselling and Research
CESI is feminist organisation, devoted to improving the social position of women and the realisation of gender equality, and to full implementation of all laws and international mechanisms for human rights protection.
CESI has based its activities on work for general well-being and is focused on increasing participation of women in decision-making processes, prevention of gender-based violence, promotion and protection of sexual and reproductive rights and health, advancing women’s economic empowerment and position in the labour market. CESI uses different methods to achieve its goals: research and analysis; development of educational and prevention programmes, manuals and brochures, education and information; raising awareness, media campaigns; advocacy and lobbying. CESI was the first association in Croatia and in the region, which systematically dealt with raising awareness of young people on gender issues and prevention of intimate partner violence. In the last ten years over 50,000 persons – women, youth, teachers, representatives of governmental and public institutions, employers – directly participated in a variety of activities organised by CESI.
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