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Prevention Programme in the Institution for Education of Children and Juveniles Bedekovčina

Deputy Director of the Child and Youth Protection Centre of the City of Zagreb Domagoj Štimac, MD, psychiatrist and chief physician, participated in the prevention education programme on the theme of the prevention of human trafficking. The programme was held in the Institution for Education of Children and Juveniles Bedekovčina on 19 October 2016.

The Police Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Child and Youth Protection Centre of the City of Zagreb celebrated 18 October as the day European Union declared to be the European Antitrafficking Day, in order to sensitise the public and the target population about the problem. According to Article 18 of the European Directive 2011/36/EU, ratified by Croatia, member states shall undertake prevention measures in order to raise public awareness and inform potentially vulnerable groups of population about the dangers of human trafficking as a form of organised crime.

The need to sensitise, voice and undertake various prevention measures is emphasised in the EU strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016, and is present in the Croatian National Plan towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2015. That is the obligation of all state institutions and civil society organisation of the European Union member states.

The programme was also participated by the head of the Prevention Department of the Police Directorate, Sandra Veber and other professionals from the Department, Marija Goatti and Ivo Jakić, as well as Sanja Gospodinović from the Department for Juvenile Delinquency and Crime against Children and Family of the Police Directorate, and Andreja Jurić and Marijan Sudec, police officers form the Krapinsko-Zagorska Police Department.

The aim of the programme was to speak about human trafficking using interactive work and guided conversation with young girls from the Institution and contribute to the prevention of that type of organised crime, including the prevention of related crimes.

Through reliable information and awareness raising about the prevention of human trafficking, young girls are made aware of the risks and taught about available prevention tools and procedures.