Bulgaria Tops EU by Human Trafficking Victims
Bulgaria is among the first five European countries by the number of people falling prey of human trafficking.
The data was announced Monday by Antoaneta Vasileva, Chief Secretary of the National Committee for the Fight against Human Trafficking, NCFHT.
Speaking for the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, Vasileva said that 541 Bulgarians were victims of human trafficking in 2011, and 90 of them were men. The highest share and the largest increase are attributed to sexual exploitation while the men have been subjected mostly to work exploitation.
She stressed that Bulgaria has good, modern and sound legislation to counter human trafficking.
"The number of those with effective sentences went up last year. For the first time ever, since human trafficking is considered a crime, we have sentences of over 10 years of jail time – 6 such sentences in 2011. This is the first serious step in the right direction to show both citizens and criminals that the latter are not untouchables," said Vasileva.
It was reported meanwhile that Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov will present Monday afternoon a program for partnership between Bulgaria and the Netherlands in the fight against human trafficking.
Tsvetanov will also introduce a plan for improving the country's national policy in countering and preventing human trafficking. The plan has been prepared by NCFHT.
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