U.S. Department of State 2001 Trafficking in Persons Report - Bosnia-Herzegovina
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Author||Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons|
|Publication Date||12 July 2001|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, U.S. Department of State 2001 Trafficking in Persons Report - Bosnia-Herzegovina, 12 July 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4680d77f13.html [accessed 28 November 2014]|
Bosnia-Herzegovina (Tier 3)
Bosnia is a major destination and transit country for women trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation from Eastern Europe and the New Independent States, especially Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine.
Neither the national government of Bosnia, nor the entity governments of the Federation and the Republic of Srpska meet the minimum standards for combating trafficking in persons. The international organizations and the NGO's present in Bosnia, with the participation of many Bosnian officials, conduct most of the anti-trafficking efforts in the country. The central government's ability to deter trafficking is limited by budgetary constraints, minimal border controls, inadequate criminal laws, and corruption. Some police and judicial authorities tacitly accept or actively facilitate trafficking. Neither of the entities has a law that specifically prohibits trafficking, although prosecutors can use charges of assault, provision of false documents, procuring and promoting prostitution. The courts have convicted at least two traffickers. Bosnia has an inter-agency anti-trafficking task force, which conducted a raid in the spring of 2001 on brothels suspected of having trafficking victims. Bosnia supports no prevention or protection measures and routinely has charged victims with prostitution and illegal residency before deporting them.