GDCOC: Bulgaria is Among the First Countries to Fight Against Human Trafficking

The General Directorate for Combating Organized Crime hosted an international workshop on counteracting and preventing human trafficking. The event brought together experts from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. This was announced by the Ministry of Interior press center.

Deputy Director of GDCOC, Senior Commissioner Stefan Dzholev commented that the prevention is an important component of the comprehensive response to human trafficking, but at the same time, it is a challenge requiring the involvement of many partners.

He stressed that Bulgaria is among the first countries involved in the development and implementation of Global and European standards for counteracting and preventing human trafficking.

The Bulgarian experts presented the country's experience in implementing the multidisciplinary approach of cooperation with institutions, including the GDCOC, the National Commission for Combating Human Trafficking and the State Agency for Child Protection. The online campaign for raising public awareness of trafficking developed together with the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and the Private Sector has prompted great interest.

The Bulgarian delegates took note of the Dutch and British preventive initiatives in the sphere and the activities of the European Crime Prevention Network.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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