The Council of Europe’s Group of Consultants on Motion towards Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has urged Belgium to enhance trafficking victims’ entry to authorized assist and to ensure their efficient entry to compensation. These are among the many fundamental proposals for motion included in GRETA’s newest report evaluating Belgium’s implementation of the Council of Europe’s anti-trafficking conference.
The report notes that Belgium is primarily a rustic of vacation spot for victims of trafficking, however additionally it is a rustic of origin and transit. 475 victims obtained assist from specialised centres between 2017 and 2020. Nearly all of victims have been males trafficked for financial exploitation, while the second commonest kind of exploitation, primarily affecting ladies, was sexual exploitation. GRETA welcomes a lot of optimistic developments since its final analysis report, together with the adoption of laws in Might 2019 stating that victims of trafficking shouldn’t be punished for crimes they have been compelled to commit. The variety of investigations and prosecutions has additionally elevated.
However, a lot of challenges stay. The report stresses that presumed victims must be higher knowledgeable about their rights, for instance, and the eligibility standards for acquiring authorized assist must be reviewed and simplified. While it’s potential for victims to assert compensation, a restricted variety of victims have efficiently accomplished so. Along with facilitating entry to authorized assist, says GRETA, the standards for accessing the Monetary Help Fund for Victims of Intentional Acts of Violence must be reviewed.
Human trafficking specialists urge Belgium to enhance entry to authorized assist and compensation for victims
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