Amnesty International Report Criticizes Human Trafficking in Moldova
Friday, May 27, 2005 9:10 AM

In one of the poorest countries in the Europe, human trafficking remains a large problem. "Moldova was a source country for women and girls trafficked for forced prostitution." The International Office of Migration estimates that eighty per cent of all women who were trafficked from Moldova were victims of domestic abuse before they were trafficked and after they return. The Government developed a national plan to combat trafficking, but had not yet implemented the plan at the end of 2004. One ongoing problem is that "trafficked women and girls were not necessarily treated as victims of crime and were only exempted from criminal liability for acts that they may have committed as a result of being trafficked if they agreed to cooperate with law enforcement agencies." NGO's are providing support services for victims, but the government has not yet become involved.

Compiled from: "AI Report 2005: Moldova." Amnesty International. 2005