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Governmental and Local Organizations

There is a growing dynamic that is producing results in the field of Proactive law enforcement, victim Protection and THB Prevention. Multi-disciplinary, coherent policy making against THB, requires the involvement of a more diverse group of actors. These should include police officers, border guards, immigration and asylum officials, public prosecutors, lawyers, members of the judiciary and court officials, housing, labour, health, social and safety inspectors, civil society organisations, social and youth workers, consumer organisations, trade unions, employers organisations, temporary job agencies, recruitment agencies and consular and diplomatic staff as well as those more difficult to reach, such as legal guardians and legal representatives, child and victim support services.

The priorities of the National Rapporteur Office are:

A. Stepping up the prevention

B. Identifying, protecting and assisting victims

C. Increased prosecution of traffickers

D. Enhanced coordination and cooperation among key actors

E. Increased knowledge of and effective response to all forms of trafficking in human beings 

 

Non – Governmental Organizations

Numerous awareness-raising campaigns that have been implemented on a local or national level, mainly by NGO’s, such as PRAKSIS, Smile of the Child, ARSIS, KMOP, GCR, the “NO Project”, “A21 Campaign”, or IOM and the General Secretary of Gender Equality.

To furnish just a few examples:

  • The ‘No Project’ is mostly active in Schools and Universities and uses performance art as an awareness raising medium. A basic aim is to address the “demand side” and the role of the client before it is “too late” and the commodification of sexuality has affected gender norms.
  • The NGO “A21 Campaign” organized an awareness campaign to taxi drivers in thetwo major cities, Athens and Thessaloniki.
    • The General Secretariat for Gender Equality of the Ministry of the Interior
      launched a three-year long awareness-raising campaign on gender based violence, trafficking in women included.
    • On the occasion of EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the theatrical performance “Invisible Olga” was organized under the auspice of the NR’s Office and the cultural platform “E?culture.gr”. Partners to the event were IOM and the National Centre for Social Solidarity.
    • The “Shoot it” Festival in collaboration with the cultural platform “E?culture.gr”  invited amateur hopeful cinematographers to “shoot” with their smart phones and compete on short films about trafficking.
    • The theatrical Group “Omada Oneiro” performed several times the production “Sex Trafficking” The performance will continue to Lesvos, Samos, Crete, Ioannina, and Thessaloniki.

IOM and KETHI are planning to organize public awareness campaigns, funded by ISF, reaching out to young people and women, as well as school teachers and pupils through social media, events and happenings.

Public awareness campaigns targeting consumers and users of services, corporate social responsibility, codes of conduct, business and human rights initiatives aimed at eliminating human trafficking from the supply chains of businesses are expected to reduce the demand for all forms of trafficking. Therefore, the establishment of a Private Sector Platform is essential in order to improve cooperation with businesses and other stakeholders in Greece and develop chains that do not involve trafficking in human beings. Towards that end, the NR invited the Greek CSR Network to collaborate with Bulgaria and other EU countries to promote the establishment of a cross regional Private Sector Platform.