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Nearly 900 human trafficking victims identified in 2013

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Nearly 900 human trafficking victims for sexual exploitation, forced labour or beggary purposes were identified in 2013, fewer than in the previous years, head of Romania's National Agency Against Human Trafficking (ANITP) Romulus Ungureanu told Agerpres on Wednesday.

'Out of the total number of identified victims, 557 were women (278 underage), while the risk among male persons - 319 (22 underage) was again low,' Ungureanu told a conference on human trafficking as a threat against family values, hosted by Parliament Palace.

He added that the magnitude of internal human trafficking decreased to 38 per cent, with occurrences in the counties of Dolj, Brasov, Vrancea, Bacau, Covasna, Timis, Iasi and Bucharest City.

As far as the external dimension of the human trafficking involving persons coming from Romania is concerned, 'countries like Greece and Germany jumped up onto the black ranking of destinations for human trafficking because of employment opportunities, while Spain and Italy remain favourite destinations,' said Ungureanu.

He added that the victims have unpleasant surprises when they reach their destination.

The ANITP official mentioned that the human trafficking victims are people with low educational attainment, aged between 18 and 36 years, in the case of women, and between 22 and 28 years in the case of men if unemployed.

Attending the international conference on human trafficking organised by the Group to Combat Human Trafficking and the Ecumenical Prayer Group of the Romanian Parliament, in cooperation with the European Christian Political Movement and the European Federation of the Catholic Family Associations were MPs, religious leaders form Romania and abroad, as well as NGO officials.

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