Uncovering a Destination Country: Trafficking in Women to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Galma Jahic, Rutgers University

ABSTRACT
Bosnia and Herzegovina is considered to be one of the main destination countries in south-eastern Europe for trafficked women. In this presentation characteristics that make this country an attractive "market" will be discussed. General trafficking situation, as well as an overview of the current political and crime situation will be discussed, but the main focus will be on information that has been collected through interviews with various officials and other actors who are working on trafficking issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina. These interviews were conducted as a part of a preparation for a larger study of causes and organization of trafficking in this country. Interviews have been conducted in the winter 2002/2003 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with government officials, law enforcement officers, program managers for local and international NGO and GOs. While interviews were unstructured, the focus was on difficulties that different agencies are faced with in their attempts to combat trafficking, and on uncovering different approaches to trafficking by different institutions. Variety of problems that appear to be associated with high levels of trafficking will be discussed, including conflicts of interest between different agencies, lack of coordination of efforts, poor implementation or programs, and legal and legislative obstacles.

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