In the run-up to the European Day to Combat Human Trafficking on October 18, the civil society organizations Child Rights Center and Atina launched the digital prevention platform for children and young people entitled “How to protect yourself from human trafficking”. The platform was created as part of the awareness campaign on child trafficking in Serbia, which was implemented through a grant from the joint action of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Preventing and combating human trafficking in Serbia”.
In Serbia, 24 out of 57 identified victims of human trafficking in 2020 were children. In the period from January to September 2021, 9 out of 32 identified victims of human trafficking were children. Due to the high number of victims of child trafficking, the platform was developed with the aim of informing children and young people about what human trafficking is, how to identify risks and potential victims, how to protect yourself from human traffickers, how to help and report when they do suspect instances.
The platform refers to the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings – a European treaty that provides clear and detailed guidelines for combating this phenomenon and a set of rights for victims of trafficking in human beings. There is also a knowledge and a child-friendly quiz.