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Govt urged to get tough on human trafficking, rights

FRESH calls have been made for tougher action to control widespread people-trafficking in the TRNC and violations of the rights of foreigners working in the country.

Govt urged to get tough on human trafficking, rights


Eight organisations marked July 30 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons with a press conference to demand government measures for combatting the problem of human exploitation and raise public awareness of the issue.

“Although trafficking in persons has been discussed for many years in relation to the dire reality of nightclubs, the issue has spread far beyond that, in terms of location and conditions, and now involves many more victims,” said a statement issued by the organisations – the Cyprus Turkish Bar Associations, Journalists’ Union, Human Rights Foundation, Queer Cyprus Association, Lefkoşa Turkish Municipality, Mağusa Youth Centre, Refugee Rights Association and SOS Children’s Village.

“In addition to the widely discussed trafficking of people for sexual exploitation in this country, there is also labour trafficking, especially in the agriculture, construction and service sectors which have a high proportion of foreign workers,” the statement said.

“Conditions imposed by employers often amount to exploitation while the ongoing lack of inspections prevents identification of [those responsible].

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