Combating human trafficking crucial
The Black Sea is a major source of transit and destination area for the trafficking of women, men and children for the purpose of sexual exploitation and forced labor. AFP photoA joint project on migration management has been conducted with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on formulating migration policy recommendations for the BSEC Member States, to prevent irregular migration flows and simultaneously facilitate legal ones.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) database on global human trafficking patterns, human trafficking affects all BSEC Member States. BSEC has agreements among its Member States on cooperation in combating organized crime. BSEC, IOM, UNODC and many other relevant bodies in the region are cooperating to fight human trafficking which is one of the most prevalent forms of organized crime in the Black Sea area.
One of the main achievements of BSEC in the area of combating crime is the adoption of the BSEC Regional Action Plan for Strengthening the Criminal Justice Response to Trafficking in Persons in the Black Sea Region, in 2008.