Human Trafficking in Eastern Europe
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people from Eastern European countries are traded and sold for the purposes of various forms of exploitation. Especially in countries such as Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and Georgia, the problem of human trafficking is worsened by the instability of civil societies and the prevalence of corruption. This creates an environment where criminal activities and organized crime can easily occur. Especially young women and children become easy victims of traffickers.
AHT Liaison Officer
In order to fight human trafficking, The Salvation Army established the Anti Human Trafficking (AHT) network. National AHT Task Forces have been set up and across Europe, AHT national contact persons have been appointed. In 2016, the Eastern Europe Territory employed its first AHT Liaison Officer. In 2018 it was decided that the officer, based in Moldova, would stay on two more years. The officer is responsible for including the AHT subject in the training of cadets, organizing seminars in prisons, strengthening the AHT network with local organizations and taking part in governmental AHT meetings with different stakeholders. In addition, once a year, the Liaison Officer provides a three-day training for all officers within the territory to raise awareness about human trafficking.