Child exploitation – a case of trafficking in humans treated by law as a case of abuse and neglect
A16-year old girl has been registered since 2009 as a person engaged in begging (she was nine years old at the time), i.e. she has been abused by her mother for begging in the streets of Tuzla. (Information provided by the mobile team of the CSO ‘Zemlja Djece u BiH’ from Tuzla).
In early March 2014, through field activities in the Collective Centre the mobile team learned that the preparations for marriage of the underage girl were underway. She was not even 14 at the time. In line with the “Guidelines for action of regional monitoring teams for fights against trafficking in humans in BiH”, the relevant Centre for social work was informed in an urgent procedure. The Centre was informed that the mother has made an arrangement on marrying her underage daughter, stressing that there were indications she was to receive money for this. The groom was an adult person who lives with his family outside BiH, and after the ‘marriage’ he will return again to the country of his residence.
Since the case involved potential trafficking in humans, it was necessary to act urgently in line with the procedures..
Adnan Drndić, Social worker CSO 'Zemlja Djece u BiH', Tuzla
Subhija Bajrić, Social worker Centre for Social Work Tuzla
Samira Hunček, representative from B-H Ministry of Security - Department for combating the trafficking in humans
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- Lack of human and technical capacities in the responsible institutions - real situation or excuse
(how react urgently - possibilities and obstacles; which institutions need to be contact firstly, which are responsible for the urgent response);
- forced/agreed children's marriages - prejudices and reality
- Realisation of the contacts with biological parent - positive/negative effects