OSCE supports anti-human trafficking action in Moldova


OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Valiant Richey, visited the Republic of Moldova to support the implementation of the recommendations his Office issued to reduce the risks of human trafficking. The Special Representative took part in a workshop at the OSCE Mission to Moldova based on the recommendations issued by his Office. He noted that those discussions with national authorities and civil society organizations in the Republic of Moldova are the first step in the process to track what has been done, what has worked and what areas need more action, IPN reports, quoting a press release of the OSCE.

The workshop focused on the importance of multi-agency co-ordination in combating trafficking and addressed the need to assess the risks of human trafficking in the country. According to the OSCE, these efforts are particularly relevant in light of the number of people fleeing the war in Ukraine and the need to strengthen Moldova’s response to these challenges, an area in which the OSCE is ready to assist.

The workshop included representatives from the State Chancellery, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the General Prosecutor’s Office, and the National Labor Inspectorate. Participants also included representatives of Civil Society Organizations and international organizations.

Richey also participated in a parliamentary hearing organized by the Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Social Protection, Health and Family, Dan Perciun. The hearing highlighted opportunities for the Moldovan legislative body to strengthen the country’s effectiveness in combating trafficking, both in relation to the immediate concerns around the humanitarian crisis and also more broadly.

Of the 600,000-800,000 people trafficked across international borders each year, 70 percent are female and 50 percent are children. The majority of these victims are forced into the commercial sex trade.