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IOM X is the International Organization for Migration’s innovative campaign to encourage safe migration and public action to stop exploitation and human trafficking. In 2016 Belarus joined the global campaign.

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Human trafficking is the buying and selling of men, women and children within countries and across borders in order to exploit them for money. About 21 million men, women and children are living as victims of human trafficking globally.

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Everyone can act in a way that will help put a stop to human trafficking and exploitation. For example, if you are going to get employment abroad, you can follow steps to ensure you don’t put yourself in a situation where you are vulnerable to becoming a victim.

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11 FACTS about human trafficking

Human trafficking is the exploitation of human beings to make money 01

Human trafficking is the exploitation of human beings to make money

Victims are most commonly trafficked into forced labour, forced sex work, and forced domestic work 02

Victims are most commonly trafficked into forced labour, forced sex work, and forced domestic work

Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal activities in the world, generating US $150 billion every year 03

Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal activities in the world, generating US $150 billion every year

Traffickers prey on those who dream of a better future away from home driven by poverty, lack of job opportunities or family expectations 04

Traffickers prey on those who dream of a better future away from home driven by poverty, lack of job opportunities or family expectations

There are more than 20 million people living in modern slavery 05

There are more than 20 million people living in modern slavery

Victims – men, women and children – are tricked, forced or coerced into slavery 06

Victims – men, women and children – are tricked, forced or coerced into slavery

Victims are often trafficked by people they know and trust 07

Victims are often trafficked by people they know and trust

Once trapped, victims are forced to work long hours and live in inhumane conditions with little or no pay. Threats and physical violence are used against them. Victims may suffer from physical and emotional abuse, rape, and even death 08

Once trapped, victims are forced to work long hours and live in inhumane conditions with little or no pay. Threats and physical violence are used against them. Victims may suffer from physical and emotional abuse, rape, and even death

Victims often have their documents taken away from them and are forced to pay off false debts 09

Victims often have their documents taken away from them and are forced to pay off false debts

Human trafficking is a global phenomenon happening right now in every country in the world 10

Human trafficking is a global phenomenon happening right now in every country in the world

30 July – World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 11

30 July – World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Combating trafficking in persons in Belarus

The majority of Belarusians who became victims of human trafficking abroad have been exposed to sexual or labour exploitation

The Republic of Belarus is at the same time the country of origin, transit and destination for the victims of trafficking in human beings

Belarus is a signatory of all UN conventions aimed at combating human trafficking and related crimes

In 2012 there entered into force the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On combating trafficking in human beings” which brought the notion “trafficking in human beings” in conformity with the UN Convention’s definition

In 2013 the Republic of Belarus became signatory of the Council of Europe’s Convention on combating human trafficking and is at present the only country which is not a member of the Council of Europe but signed the Convention

There has been established in Belarus and is currently functioning the National Referral Mechanism for the victims of trafficking, which involves the state authorities and civil society in order to identify victims and render assistance to them

Since 2007 on the basis of the Academy of the Interior Ministry of Belarus there has been functioning The International Training Centre on Migration and Combating Human Trafficking, established and supported by IOM

IOM Mission in Belarus has been implementing projects on combating human trafficking since 2002, having delivered assistance to over 3300 victims of trafficking

In 2006 IOM opened the country’s sole Rehabilitation center for the victims of trafficking, where they can receive complex assistance, including medical and psychological. Since 2006 around 600 victims of trafficking (including men, women and minors) have passed a rehabilitation course in this Center

Since 2003 in Belarus there has been operating IOM’s toll-free hotline on safe travel and stay abroad – 8 801 201 5555 – for calls from Belarus or +375 162 21 8888 – for calls from abroad. Since February 2003 over 30 000 citizens who contacted the hotline received trustworthy information on safe travel and stay abroad, employment, education, marriage, legalization of documents etc

Around 20 non-governmental organizations of Belarus are working in cooperation with the state authorities and IOM in the field of combating trafficking in human beings and assisting the victims of trafficking