In view of recent cases of ICT-facilitated trafficking in children, which were detected and investigated in North Macedonia, the EU and Council of Europe joint action “Strengthening anti-trafficking action in North Macedonia” recognised the need to shed light on the misuse of the ICT by traffickers for recruitment of victims, including children, as well as on proactive use of new technologies to prevent and combat human trafficking. In this framework, the action supported the drafting of the “Guide on ICT and human trafficking in North Macedonia”, carried out by Impetus.
To discuss the main findings of this report, representatives from institutions in North Macedonia, in charge with investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating human trafficking crimes, as well as representatives from anti-trafficking non-governmental organizations and international organizations, on 31 October 2023, met in Skopje.
The finalized Guide on ICT and human trafficking in North Macedonia will help local actors in the process of detection and identification of victims recruited and exploited on-line, and contribute towards better prevention of human trafficking.
The activity was organized as part of the EU and Council of Europe joint programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Türkiye”, phase III.