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Yeniçarşı Cad. No: 34
COMBATING HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROGRAMClick for details of the program
While Turkey has long been a source country in the context of international migration flows, for the last decades it has become a destination country. The main factors affecting migration flows to Turkey are the political turmoil, disparities in income distribution, macro economic problems of the countries and gender inequality that directly increases women’s migration.
Within the this context Turkey has also become a destination country for the human trafficking crime due its geographical position, democratic and economical conditions and development level compared to other countries in the region. While hoping for a better life, some migrants, especially women find themselves trapped by traffickers and become victims in Turkey.
Turkey has been fighting with this crime since early 2000s. Relevant international conventions have been ratified, legal amendments made, trainings for judiciary members and law enforcement officers have been organized and a simple national referral mechanism for victim support has been established.
HRDF is the first NGO in taking initiative to combat trafficking in Turkey. Initially developed in 2003, HRDF’s “Combating Human Trafficking Program” is improved and expanded through the years. The components of this program include:
HRDF has signed cooperation protocols with Turkish Ministry of Interior. HRDF experts follow national and international developments related to trafficking and share their experience in national and international platforms.