U.S. Department of State 2006 Trafficking in Persons Report - Slovenia
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Author||Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons|
|Publication Date||5 June 2006|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, U.S. Department of State 2006 Trafficking in Persons Report - Slovenia, 5 June 2006, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4680d8afc.html [accessed 27 January 2015]|
Slovenia (Tier 2)
Slovenia is primarily a transit and, to a lesser extent, a source and destination country for women and girls trafficked from Ukraine, Slovakia, Romania, Moldova, and Bulgaria for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Some of these victims are trafficked onward to Italy, the Netherlands, and other Western European countries.
The Government of Slovenia does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. In 2005, the Parliament adopted a witness protection law and took steps to improve its ability to track trafficking statistics by establishing a standard methodology for the collection of data from the Ministry of Labor, police, prosecution, and NGO databases. In addition to these efforts, Slovenia should take the necessary steps to convict traffickers. The government should also improve support for public awareness efforts and provide consistent budget funding for designated NGO-run trafficking shelters.
The government demonstrated modest progress in its law enforcement efforts over the reporting period. Police investigated seven new trafficking cases in 2005. Authorities prosecuted two cases. The government again failed to convict any traffickers in 2005; Slovenia has not convicted a trafficker since 2002. Consequently, no traffickers were sentenced to prison sentences in 2005. Police were active on the Interpol Working Group on trafficking. The working group cooperated on "Red Routes," a project that shares trafficking data, trafficking methods, and investigative techniques. More than 800 police officers and prosecutors participated in an NGO's anti-trafficking training program. Police and prosecutors also participated in several three-day workshops on victim reintegration sponsored by IOM.
The Government of Slovenia's efforts to provide victim protection and assistance diminished considerably during the reporting period. The government temporarily withheld funding from the one anti-trafficking NGO shelter operating in Slovenia until the end of 2005. Victim assistance in Slovenia was provided primarily by this NGO. Parliament adopted a witness protection law in November 2005, though it has not yet been implemented.
The Government of Slovenia demonstrated adequate prevention efforts during the reporting period. Specifically, the government tightly controlled its borders and regularly detained persons attempting to enter Slovenia illegally. The government, in cooperation with an NGO, continued the program "Vijolica" and "Caps," which provided trafficking awareness classes for 1,000 students in elementary and secondary schools around Slovenia in 2005. The government funded a project focused on preventing asylum seekers from becoming trafficking victims and established a web page with contact information for victim assistance organizations. Ministry of Defense officials received preventative training from IOM to assist officers in their peacekeeping missions in the Balkans.