Once a person has been identified as a victim, it is paramount to remove the person from the exploitative situation and provide them with safety and security. Victims may be offered protection in various ways.
Safety is crucial where victims of human trafficking are concerned. Victims often live in fear of a suspect, or a suspect may be looking for a victim. In cases where victims are in imminent danger, please call 112 and/or notify the police immediately.
If victims have no shelter of their own, they may (under certain circumstances) be entitled to accommodation at a shelter. There are various types of shelters available with different levels of security/confidentiality in place. For more detailed information on the various levels of security at safe houses or shelters, as well as recommendations on where a specific victim should be accommodated, please contact either the care coordinator in your region or CoMensha.
Employees or staff members may also be at risk of ending up in an unsafe situation, which is why monitoring their safety must also be a key priority. The handbook on collaboration with the police and the judicial authorities for youth-care workers (drawn up by the Azough Commission) provides recommendations for improving the safety of victims, their family members and employees of the relevant institutions.
Not only victims must be treated with care and consideration, but their information must also be given the same treatment. The Personal Data Protection Act and the Police Data Act stipulate which information may or may not be shared, as well as with which parties that information may be shared, how it is stored and how it may be used. In general, if the authorities wish to share any information pertaining to victims, they must first obtain permission from the victim(s) to that effect. For more information on the legal frameworks for the exchange of information, please click here.