Pašalić: "Street children" more exposed to the risk of human trafficking
The Protector of Citizens, Zoran Pašalić, emphasized today that children who live and work on the streets are more exposed to the risk of human trafficking, labour exploitation and various forms of abuse and appealed to the competent authorities to intensify their activities in the field of protection of children in street situations.
"Children who live and work on the street are in most cases marginalized, stigmatized and almost excluded from society, and health and social protection services are rarely available to them. In addition to all this, they are very exposed to the risk of human trafficking, various forms of abuse and exploitation", emphasized Pašalić on the occasion of 12 April – the International Day for Street Children.
Pašalić appealed to the competent authorities to intensify activities, make additional efforts and act preventively in order to facilitate access to health care, education and social services for children who live and work on the street.
"We requested, among other things, from the competent authorities to fully recognize children who live and work on the street as victims, and not as perpetrators of violations, by amending the law on public order and peace. At the same time, I appeal to the competent authorities to create conditions for the effective protection of children in street situations through intersectoral cooperation", said Pašalić.
In this regard, the Protector of Citizens reminded that last year the Republic of Serbia adopted the Plan for the Protection of Children in Street Situations in accordance with General Comment 21 of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, by which it undertook to take preventive measures in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.