U.S. Department of State 2001 Trafficking in Persons Report - Romania
|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 - Romania, 12 July 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4680d785a.html [accessed 16 April 2014]|
|Disclaimer||This is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.|
Romania (Tier 3)
Romania is primarily a country of origin and transit for trafficking women to Turkey, Italy, Greece, and the Balkans for sexual exploitation. To a lesser extent, men are trafficked to Greece for agricultural labor.
The Government of Romania does not meet the minimum standards but has recently begun high-level efforts to combat trafficking. Due to a lack of resources and low-level corruption, many local Government officials regard trafficking as a low priority and treat victims as social outcasts. Although Romania has no specific anti-trafficking law, other laws prohibit elements of trafficking, such as pimping and rape. In April 2001, the Government appointed a national coordinator to combat trafficking, and a recently created anti-trafficking squad has arrested three traffickers. In addition to sponsoring a regional international conference to combat trafficking in May 2001, the Government also established an interministerial commission to draft an anti-trafficking law. The Government provided the International Organization for Migration with a location for a shelter in Bucharest, but it does not provide direct assistance to victims.