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Human Trafficking Tips



Trafficking in human beings is one of the largest and most profitable global criminal activities, along with trafficking in narcotics, weapons and money laundering.

Trafficking in human beings is a criminal offense that includes:

  • recruitment,
  • transportation,
  • switching,
  • surrender,
  • sale,
  • buying,
  • sales mediation,
  • hiding and
  • holding a person.

Where it is used:

  • force,
  • threat,
  • misapprehension,
  • abuse of authority,
  • abuse of trust,
  • abuse of addiction,
  • abuse of another's difficult circumstances,
  • retention of identity documents and
  • giving or receiving money or other benefits.

People are trafficked for:

  • labor exploitation,
  • forced labor,
  • committing criminal offenses,
  • prostitution,
  • other types of sexual exploitation,
  • begging,
  • use for pornographic purposes,
  • establishing a slavish or similar relationship,
  • confiscation of organs or body parts and
  • use in armed conflict.

The human trafficking chain includes stages:

  • recruitment,
  • transit victims and
  • exploitation of the victim.

Traffickers can be both men and women and most often they are people close to the victims.


The most common victims of trafficking are:

  • young girls and women,
  • people with little life experience,
  • poor and unemployed people,
  • children,
  • manual and other workers.

The victim of human trafficking is most often through:

  • advertisements for attractive jobs abroad,
  • newly acquired acquaintances who promise jobs, marriage and a carefree future.

If you are traveling abroad, pay attention to companions for tourism or business, and especially to children accompanied by adults, as well as the attitude of the companion towards the child, report negative and suspicious behavior to the first police officer, DCM employee, etc.

How can you protect yourself and avoid danger?

  • Always carry documents with you and do not give them to other people.
  • Before going abroad, copy your passport and leave a copy in a safe place.
  • Leave information to family and friends where and with whom you are going.
  • Find out the telephone numbers of the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Serbia in the country you are traveling to.

If you are interested in working abroad, you need to take into account the following:

  • avoid "EASY EARNING" ads - Be aware that it doesn't exist!
  • if you still decide for such an ad, be sure to check its background, agency and consult with parents, a lawyer, police officers who deal with this issue ...;
  • make contact with the employer before starting work;
  • read and clarify the offered contract well, if even the smallest detail is not clear to you, do not sign the contract;
  • before going abroad, be sure to leave a copy of your passport, visa, contract, address, phone number available to parents, relatives or friends you trust;
  • data of persons with whom you travel, agencies, persons through whom you have contracted work abroad, also leave to parents, relatives or friends in whom you trust;
  • before departure, be sure to obtain the telephone number of our embassy in the country you are traveling to, as well as the telephone numbers of relatives and friends who live there;
  • keep in mind that a tourist visa does not include a work permit abroad;
  • keep your personal documents with you, do not give them to anyone other than officials (police, customs ...);
  • copies of travel documents must be kept with you, in case of loss, new documents based on copies are taken out very quickly;
  • maintain regular contact with parents, relatives and friends in the country.

How will you recognize the situation in which you become a victim of human trafficking?

  • Do you have your own documents? If you had documents, were they confiscated from you?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • Is it your decision to do that job?
  • Are you paid for the work you do?
  • Can you leave that job whenever you want?
  • Are you or your family threatened or blackmailed?
  • Are you locked up or under constant escort/surveillance?
  • Do you have bruises or other signs of physical violence?
  • Do you feel signs of fear and/or depression?

Teach your children:

  • not to approach unknown cars, when someone wants to ask them something;
  • not to leave the school yard at the invitation of strangers, who are looking for someone or something;
  • to always go in groups on excursions and collective trips, not to stand out, not to enter cafes, restaurants or boutiques alone;
  • not to take any chewing gum, candies, pictures from strangers;
  • not to "explore" lonely places or places such as bazaars, markets, ruins or the like on summer or travel;
  • to always contact you where and with whom they go. Ask for the phone number of their friends and make contact with their parents.

Reporting the Crime of Human Trafficking

The standard way to report a crime in Serbia is to file a criminal complaint with the police or the prosecutor's office. All state bodies of the Republic of Serbia are legally obliged to report criminal acts that are prosecuted ex officio.

Reporting the crime of trafficking in human beings is facilitated by the introduction of a special telephone line number
011/311 7679 in the Duty Operations Center of the Border Police Administration (24 hours a day) as well as on the e-mail address: ozs [at] mup [dot] gov [dot] rs. Also, reporting the crime it is also possible through local organizational units of the Ministry of the Interior of Serbia. When taking statements on the circumstances of the criminal offense of trafficking in human beings, specially sensitized and trained police officers act.

NGOs also make a significant contribution to shedding light on the crimes of human trafficking.

For Help

ASTRA (Anti-trafficking Action) is an organization dedicated to eradicating all forms of exploitation and trafficking in human beings, especially women and children, as well as providing support in the search for missing children.


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Police Station Rakovica

Patrijarha Joanikija 30,
Rakovica, Belgrade, Serbia
Phone: 011 745 2422