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Sergey Ordzhonikidze: "The RF Civic Chamber could become a coordinating mechanism in fight against human trafficking"

The OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings pay a working visit to the RF Civic Chamber

Sergey Ordzhonikidze: "The RF Civic Chamber could become a coordinating mechanism in fight against human trafficking"

On February 8, the RF Civic Chamber held a meeting with Madina Jarbussynova, the OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings. The meeting was organized by Sergey Ordzhonikidze, Vice-President of the RF Civic Chamber, within the framework of the official visit of the OSCE Special Representative to Russia at the invitation of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Sergey Ordzhonikidze noted the relevance of the trafficking problem and assured that the RF Civic Chamber is ready to operate as a coordinating mechanism in the fight against this phenomenon.

This proposal was made in response to Madina Jarbussynova’s comment that the fight against human trafficking in Russia is hampered by a lack of such unified mechanism, while many countries have a national coordinator.

It is not the first event in the Civic Chamber devoted to a human trafficking problem. On October 25, 2016 the Commission on Public Security and Liaison with Public Watchdog Committees held a round table. During the discussion experts recalled that a special law against human trafficking was developed by the State Duma in the early 2000s, but the project was shelved, so this work should be resumed.

At the same time, Madina Jarbussynova emphasized that human trafficking as a crime needs a more accurate legal definition in Russia.

"There is no full understanding of what human trafficking is" — she said, having noted that often there is a mixture of concepts when it comes about illegal movement of people through the border or about kidnapping in military conflicts zones. At the same time Jarbussynova paid attention the fact that the use of children for begging is not always perceived as the mentioned type of a crime.

The OSCE Special Representative also added that the adoption of a special law on fight against human trafficking in the Russian Federation will allow the properly qualified and eradicate more effectively this type of crime.

"It seems to us that the article 127 of the Criminal Code does not fully define the concept of human trafficking. These crimes are often categorized in different ways. I support the recommendations of the Civic Chamber on the adoption of a special law on fight against human trafficking", - she said.

Anatoly Kucherena, lawyer and member of the Civic Chamber, who has just headed the Public council under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, expressed his indifference to the problem of human trafficking and noted that he is ready to provide a comprehensive support in the fight against it both in his professional and public activities.

Pavel Sychev, First Deputy Chairman of the Commission of the RF Civic Chamber Commission on Support of Family, Children, and Motherhood, also expressed his readiness to assist in the fight against slavery. "Public control is very important:  when people linked up to the fight against certain phenomena, many questions are shifted from the dead point; challenges that remain unsolved due to legislation gaps, are beginning to be solved", - Sychev said.

RF Civic Chamber Media–Office

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