Thursday, April 03, 2008

At-risk Teens Learn of Perils of Trafficking

By Susan Cuthbert

From World Vision:

More than 1,500 students are learning about the dangers of human trafficking through dramatic sketches at rural primary schools near Banja Luka, western Bosnia and Herzegovina. This World Vision-supported pilot project brings together key members of the community in interactive workshops to drive home a vital message of prevention.

The performances, portraying young people who are unwittingly drawn into the dangerous trade, are accompanied by interactive sessions with experts from the state government agency and experienced charities. At least one local police officer attends each presentation, so that students know who to turn to in a risky situation.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country of origin, transit, and destination for women and girls trafficked internationally and internally for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. Over the last year, an increased number of Bosnian victims were trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation within the country, according to the United States Department Trafficking Persons Report, 2007.

'Our goal is to raise awareness among primary school students in these vulnerable communities about the realities of trafficking so that they understand how people are recruited, the effects on victims, and where they can go for help,' says Dijana Kremenovic, project coordinator for World Vision's Banja Luka office.

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