IOM interested in expanding rehabilitation centres for human trafficking victims in Belarus

The International Organization for Migration is interested in expanding rehabilitation centres for human trafficking victims in Belarus run by public organizations, Deputy Prosecutor General of Belarus Alexander Lashin told reporters commenting on the meeting with Oversight Officer at IOM Shabnam Mossaheb and Head of the IOM Mission in Belarus Dejan Keserovic in Minsk on March 17, BelTA has learnt.

Alexander Lashin pointed out that the main goal of the visit of the IOM representative is the assessment of the IOM activities in Belarus. The participants of the meeting proposed to proceed with the work to fight human trafficking, illegal migration and involvement of minors in sex business, the Deputy Prosecutor General added.

First of all, the Belarusian side is interested in the information exchange about transnational criminal groups, traffic routes and arrival of large groups of illegal migrants in different countries.

The IOM representatives expressed their willingness to facilitate the execution of requests of the Belarusian side in those countries where the IOM has its offices.

Alexander Lashin specified that the total budget of the project 'Fight against human trafficking' initiated in March 2007 was raised from $2.760 million to $2.835 million. As of early 2009, 64.9% of this budget was utilized.

According to the Interior Ministry, in 2008 333 crimes related to human trafficking were revealed. The Deputy Prosecutor General noted that the system of fighting human trafficking in Belarus is one of the world's best, according to the IOM.

Shabnam Mossaheb is on a visit to Belarus on March 16-19. She is to audit the projects implemented by the IOM in Belarus. They include the projects of the international technical aid 'Fight against human trafficking: Republic of Belarus,' and 'Assistance in voluntary repatriation of refugees' which is part of the joint efforts of the EU, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the IOM.



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