People fleeing areas of military conflict seeking protection in other countries are extremely vulnerable to human trafficking and exploitation.
Human trafficking is a serious crime against the person, associated with a serious violation of human rights and abuse of human dignity.
Human trafficking always involves the exploitation of victims in various forms:
- sexual exploitation, including forced prostitution;
- forced/forced labour;
- slavery, forced servitude and similar practices;
- organ harvesting;
- begging and other forced criminal activities.
In Bulgaria, the use of services provided by victims of trafficking is a crime.
What to watch out for:
- Do not give your identity documents to anyone except the authorities.
- Do not reveal how much cash you have or give your personal belongings, especially your mobile phone, to others.
- Always inform your loved ones of your whereabouts and keep in touch with them if possible.
- Be careful when arranging transport and accommodation.
- When you are offered a job, study the offer and, in case of doubt, contact the authorities.
In case of a risky situation, seek help and call the following phone numbers:
- Single European emergency number: 112
- National Commission for Combating Human Trafficking: + 359 2 807 80 50
- National Hotline to Combat Human Trafficking (A21 Campaign Foundation): 0800 20 100
- Hotline (Executive Agency “Main Labor Inspectorate”): 0700 17 670
- National telephone line for children (State Agency for Child Protection): 116 111
- Hotline for victims of violence (Animus Association Foundation): 080018676; (+35929817686)