Enforcing Strict Punishment for Human Trafficking

Four people were found guilty as co-perpetrators of trafficking six girls, resulting in one of the severest penalties to date for human trafficking.  The girls were transferred to Italy, kept against their will, and sexually exploited.  The court sentenced the perpetrators to 10-15 years in prison and a fine of EUR 55,000.  The case exemplifies the successful cooperation of the Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime, Counter-Organized Crime Service and Higher Prosecutor’s Office in Belgrade. It was the first human trafficking action brought by the Prosecutor's Office in a long time.

Compiled from: “First instance judgment issued to an organized criminal group for trafficking in human beings,” ASTRA (8 February 2013).