Sex Work is illegal in Albania. The Penal Code anticipates a punishment varying from a simple fine up to three years of detention for persons. VLORE, Albania — It was only after her trafficker sealed her mouth with electrical tape, drugged her and threatened to kill her family that the. This report initiates from an initiative of the UNFPA a year ago in December , when for the first time, in a conference in Albania, the issue of sex imbalances.
This report initiates from an initiative of the UNFPA a year ago in December , when for the first time, in a conference in Albania, the issue of sex imbalances. Sex Work is illegal in Albania. The Penal Code anticipates a punishment varying from a simple fine up to three years of detention for persons. Human trafficking for sexual purposes is a significant human rights violation, as well as a crime of international proportions. Albania has been.
VLORE, Albania — It was only after her trafficker sealed her mouth with electrical tape, drugged her and threatened to kill her family that the. The Sex Worker and Albania's Highest Court. Lindita Cela. Pamela (a pseudonym to protect her identity) was arrested in January last year in a well-known hotel. This report initiates from an initiative of the UNFPA a year ago in December , when for the first time, in a conference in Albania, the issue of sex imbalances.
A year after escaping her captors, she has been denied asylum in the UK. She had hopes of becoming a lawyer in her home country.
She subsequently became a source of shame to her family. She and her parents had to move away from their home city to get away from the family. But when her father told her several years later that she was to have an arranged sex, she felt she had to comply. This had never been her plan, but — again — she felt she must comply in order to make up for the supposed shame she had brought on herself before. She managed to transfer albania job to offices in Italy, and began preparing for a new life there.
But the optimism was short-lived. I wished I was dead. Now when I remember I just feel like I want to punch him.
He wanted to save his life, so he sold mine. He owed them sec so he sold me as his debt. I albannia in shock. All hope of a normal life was dashed for Sara when she found herself forced into exploitation. She was sold to a gang and used as sex sex slave. They were very controlling. I was never allowed to go out. I sex locked in a room.
As they were both Spanish and English speakers, they were able to communicate without the albania knowing what they were saying. The pair planned sex escape. Sara and her albania were albanka into a car with them. They hit her because she tried to make them send me to hospital. She was bruised. But they brought a lady to the house to give me painkillers. The women used this as an opportunity. They told the nurse their situation.
She wanted to help them. As she went to speak to the men to tell them what medicine Sara needed, they were able to open the door and escape.
I was still bleeding. Qlbania crossed the river and somehow got to Calais in France. He saw me with blood everywhere and my friend with bruising everywhere. It was so scary. The first thing they sex was try not to even breathe.
Sara arrived in the UK in July After sex incident with my teacher I went through a lot. I tried to kill myself twice. Sometimes I get the feeling that someone is inside the house.
But I have a dream where someone is following me. It offers help and advice to victims of modern slavery and trafficking. More Albanian adults are referred as potential victims of trafficking than any other nationality. Last year alone, Albanian adults were referred over trafficking concerns, of which 80 per cent — a total of cases — related to sexual exploitation.
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I would like to receive morning headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts by email. Update newsletter preferences. Shape Created with Sketch. Modern Slavery in the UK Show all NCA has launched a touring photographic exhibition which aims to portray the signs of slavery and exploitation.
Child trafficking for sexual exploitation Traffickers use grooming techniques to gain the trust of a child, family or community. The children are recruited, transported and then sold for sex, often returning to their homes immediately afterwards, only to be picked up by the same people again. This is happening here in the UK, to migrant and British-born children. They may be orphaned or living apart from their family, in unregulated private foster care, or in substandard accommodation.
They may possess unaccounted-for money or goods or repeatedly have new, unexplained injuries. Some workers in the farming sector, harvesting grains or root vegetables, tending livestock or fruit picking, are being exploited every day in the UK. Victims of this crime in the agricultural sector are often Eastern European men and women, who were promised a job by traffickers, or they could be individuals on the fringes of society, homeless or destitute.
Spot the signs of exploitative labour in agriculture: Agricultural slaves often have their wages paid into the same bank account, meaning an illegal gangmaster is likely collecting all their wages.
Polish or Slovakian men are brought to the UK with the offer of employment and, after arrival, gangmasters seize documents, opening multiple bank and utility accounts in their names — but refuse to handover access to the accounts or bank cards.
Hours are long and the work is gruelling and dangerous. Workers are abused and are controlled by threats of harm to their families at home. Spot the signs: Those exploited wear inappropriate clothes and often no safety gear — despite working with dangerous and life-threatening equipment.
They may often have untreated injuries and be refused medical attention, and will live and work in agricultural outhouses.
Labour-intensive sectors like construction, where temporary and irregular work are common, are high-risk sectors for forced labour.
With new homes, offices and buildings being constructed or upgraded in great quantity, labour exploitation is the second most common type of modern slavery, after sexual exploitation. Spot the signs of exploitative labour in construction: Exploited workers are often not provided with protective clothing or equipment, and may show signs of abuse or carry old untreated injuries.
Slave workers are also likely to work extremely long work hours for six or seven days a week without any leave. I wanted to show how there is still hope and dignity in the most squalid and difficult of circumstances.
In the tough maritime industry young men, often Filipino or Indian, Eastern European or African, are promised a better life, but instead find themselves in a cycle of debt and exploitation. Unable to read, they are offered a job, given papers to sign and begin working on a trial-basis, only to be told they have failed and owe money, and have to work more to settle the debt.
They may be forced to work for long hours in intense, hazardous and difficult conditions. I wanted to show the utter desperation of these men - how passed their limit they are. The broken floats and the entire decaying environment around him, I saw as a metaphor for his existence. Whether by fake migration services or unscrupulous individuals who befriend and then betray them, women fall into a dark spiral of sexual exploitation and forced, unpaid prostitution, unable to escape.
I wanted the image to show how lonely and eventually numbing that experience is, and for that ugliness to be contrasted against the bright blue of the wig — a fancy dress item that we would usually associate with a fun event — but here is used as a disguise, perhaps of her own identity to herself - to further emphasise how unjust the situation is.
The cannabis industry hides a dark secret in the house next door. Forced to tend cannabis plants that fill specially rigged houses, the boys are often locked in and forced to work, sleep and eat in one confined and dirty room.
The eyes, ears and compassion of the local community are essential. Spot the signs: Aside from the strong and prolonged smell of cannabis, have you noticed a house that looks unusual? Are the windows covered or usual entry points blocked? Bouncers, waiters, coffee shop owners, hotel receptionists and taxi drivers took care of providing clients.
The police operation that resulted in her arrest was codenamed Model Girl. An unimaginative choice, but perhaps an indication of whom the police considered their main target. They were not charged with any offence. Even their names were not made public. Pamela, on the other hand, was sent to trial and convicted of working as a prostitute. She is serving her month sentence at a rehabilitation centre for trafficking victims in Linza, on the outskirts of Tirana.
They're as young as There have been several attempts to decriminalise prostitution in Albania but all of them have failed. Politicians claim public opinion would not support such a change. In , parliament rejected a petition from the country's anti-discrimination commissioner to strike prostitution from the criminal code.
Some female members of parliament argued in vain that most sex workers were victims of human trafficking and should not be treated as criminals. Last year, both the government and parliament campaigned against a similar proposal from the national High Court. On June 25, the Constitutional Court sided with the politicians. It ruled in favour of keeping Article of the criminal code, which specifies that prostitution is an offence punishable by a fine or up to three years in prison.
Anti-trafficking experts argue Article is a great help to traffickers and pimps. With the help of clever lawyers, what may start out as a criminal case of sexual exploitation often becomes a case of prostitution. Women get punished, men walk free. On the basis of Article , Pamela, a young woman forced into prostitution as child, was found guilty of a criminal offence and deprived of her liberty for 18 months.
None of her clients or pimps has been convicted of any offence.