OSCE Special Representative Valiant Richey and the Executive Secretary to the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) Petya Nestorova called on Bulgaria to strengthen its measures against human trafficking.
The two European officials with the National Commission to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings and the Bulgarian Parliament, to share the findings of the Special Representative’s country visit and GRETA’s third evaluation report. They urged Bulgaria to strengthen the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts, to adopt a new anti-trafficking strategy, and to ensure victims’ access to justice.
OSCE Special Representative Richey highlighted the pressing need to prioritize and invest in anti-trafficking efforts, including by raising the profile of the issue within government and pursuing more ambitious policy action, including on technology-facilitated trafficking in Bulgaria.
“As one of the key countries of origin for human trafficking in Europe,” OSCE Representative Valiant Richey said, “Bulgaria needs a robust strategy with a focus on prevention and bringing traffickers to justice.”
According to the press release issued by the Organization for Security and Cooperation In Europe, “The OSCE Special Representative conducts multiple country visits each year to support OSCE participating States in addressing human trafficking, share recommendations for further action, and collect best practices for fighting this heinous crime. Richey’s report following his 2021 country visits was published in 2022.”