Prevention, Protection and Integration of the Human Trafficking Victims in Serbia

Public Policy Research Centre, in cooperation with the government Center for the Human Trafficking Victims Protection, conducted the research on the human trafficking victims in three municipalities in Serbia – Sremska Mitrovica, Pirot, Smederevo  - as their numbers have been increasing in these communities, while the victims have been facing the rejection of local population and severe security risks.

Research was implemented within the project “Prevention, Protection and Integration of the Human Trafficking Victims through the Development of Local Policies  – Empowering Coordination Function of the Centers for Social Care at the Local Level”, supported by the Ministry of Labor, Employment, and Social Policy

Summary of research findings and recommendations "EFFICIENT RESPONSE TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN SERBIA" is available here.

This research was part of the project aiming to propose a model for the quality social care of the human trafficking victims in Serbia. The project further included the analysis of the legislative framework in Serbia, review of a good practice from the region, EU and other countries, analysis of the local communities’ resources to respond to the problem, as well as the qualitative research of stakeholders, and the quantitative research focusing on the employees of the Centers for social care, and on general population in these communities.

The project also encompassed a guidebook for professionals in the Centers for social care that will describe steps in evaluating the local community’s capacities to prevent, identify and protect the human trafficking victims.

In the first stage of the project, CENTRE’s researchers Marko Milanovic and Marina Tadic have conducted interviews with representatives of local institutions and marginalized groups in high risk of human trafficking in Pirot, Smederevo and Sremska Mitrovica.

Within the qualitative part of the research CENTRE made 21 interviews with people who are at risk of becoming victims of trafficking, and 27 focus group interviews with representatives of institutions and non-governmental organizations. The quantitative part of the study consisted of two separate surveys:  the first, within which 600 people were surveyed, was focused on the assessment of public attitudes towards human trafficking and prejudices towards victims of human trafficking. The other was aimed at assessing the knowledge of social workers about human trafficking, and 41 professionals employed in social welfare centers in Sremska Mitrovica, Smederevo and Pirot were included in the survey.

The Public Policy Research Centre has presented research findings at the Media Centre in Belgrade on 15th December 2014. 



The presenters and speakers  were:

Branka Andjelkovic, Program Director, Public Policy Research Centre

Dragan Vulevic, Head of the Department for Administrative-Supervisory Affairs at Ministry of Labor, Employment, Social Affairs and Veterans - Sector for Family Care and Social Protection

Sanja Kljajic, Director of the Centre for Human Trafficking Victims Protection

Marko Milanovic, Lead Researcher, Public Policy Research Centre


Daily newspapers 'Danas' and 'Press' published articles about the research.

Photo: Media centre Belgrade

Poster: Andrej Jovanovic, project GIZ