Combating trafficking in persons in the Russian Federation
On 30 April, 2013 a shelter for temporary accommodation and social rehabilitation of victims of labour and sexual exploitation (for the Russian and foreign citizens) was opened by St. Petersburg Centre for international cooperation of the all-Russian public organization «Russian Red Cross» with the support of the International Organization for Migration. Currently, the shelter is the only institution that provides comprehensive rehabilitation assistance to victims of trafficking crimes.
The shelter can accommodate up to 8 persons at one time. All victims of trafficking receive psychological, legal and medical support, assistance in renewal of documents and voluntary return to the country of origin if necessary.
For the assistance to victims of labour, sexual exploitation and other forms of trafficking of human beings and receiving free consultations, please, apply to the hotline 8-800-333-00-16 (calls are free on the territory of Russia).
Within the framework of IOM Moscow and St. Petersburg Red Cross International Cooperation Centre the Information and Consultation Centers are functioning in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The main purpose of the Information Centres is implementation of a proactive prevention measures against forced labour and other human trafficking related situations through organization of consultations on legal and other relevant topics for different groups of population including at-risk groups and migrants from many regions of Russia as well as foreign nationals coming to Russia for work.
A special attention is attributed to the labour migrants as well as to the at-risk groups, including the most vulnerable social groups that mainly become trafficking victims, i.e. women-migrants, unemployed youth, teenagers from troubled families, orphans, irregular labor migrants, former convicts, etc.
Address of the Information and Consultative Centre:
12, 2-ya Zvenigorodskaya Street, Moscow.
Toll free national anonymous hotline:
8-800-333-00-16 (8:30 AM - 6:30 PM weekdays).
Free of charge calls from all Russian regions
Preventing and Counter-Acting Trafficking in Human Beings in the Russian Federation
This project aims to eradicate trafficking in human beings in Russia through advancement of efforts of the Russian authorities and civil society primarily through enhancement of the prosecution and criminalization processes.
The Project objectives are:
- To strengthen
- the ability, technical means, and instrumental base of relevant authorities;
- the understanding and use of relevant legislation;
- To provide a new, effective approach in combat against THB through financial investigation;
- To enhance the effectiveness of relevant Russian authorities; to criminalize and prosecute the crime of trafficking in human beings;
- To promote mechanisms that will increase national funding available for counter-trafficking programs;
- To support the idea of law enforcement specialization in the area of trafficking counteraction within national authorities:
- By promoting the idea of specialized educational programs,
- By promoting cooperation/coordination among authorities within the Russian Federation, as well as with authorities of other countries
- To increase public awareness of the trafficking problem.
The project funded by Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
Project duration: 9 September 2007 – 31 December 2010
The main objective of the project is to combat trafficking in human beings in the Russian Federation as a country of origin, transit and destination.
Components of the project:
- Policy Advice: improving the legislative framework and the State policies regarding human trafficking, including the national capacity to assess and measure this phenomenon in Russia.
- Prevention: strengthening the capacity of the relevant law enforcement agencies to combat human trafficking; raising awareness amongst the risk group, general public and relevant Russian authorities, NGOs and diplomatic missions of foreign states.
- Reintegration: building the capacity of the national authorities and local NGO networks to protect and reintegrate victims of trafficking.
The project funded by the European Commission with co-funding by the US Department of State and Government of Switzerland.
Project duration: March 2006 – December 2009
Preventive Counter-Trafficking Activities in Rostov-on-Don
Reintegration Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking in the Russian Federation
Information Campaign on the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings in the Russian Federation within a Special Focus on St. Petersburg Region
Assistance Center for Victims of Trafficking in Primorskiy Kray, Vladivostok City
A Multiagency Model of Cooperation for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in the Russian Far East