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Sixteen years ago, the terrible phenomenon of trafficking, or as we call it “buying and selling of human beings”, was practically not known to us Kosovars. We did not know that in the XX century the slavery existed and that girls and women could be sold, bought and treated as a product.

In December 1999, in Prishtina police identified and rescued 8 girls, victims of trafficking who were trafficked from countries of south-eastern Europe into Kosovo. In absence of adequate shelter, the victims were placed in a PTK office, which was quickly improvised in order to shelter the victims. For this reason the need arose to open a shelter center, where these girls and women, suspected to have been trafficked into Kosovo, would be sheltered and then repatriated to their native countries. Hence, in January 2000 the Humanitarian Organization ACT/UMCOR, Program for Women opened the first shelter center for the victims of trafficking in Kosovo.

Initially supported by ACT/UMCOR and then as registered local NGO, the Center for the Protection of Victims and Prevention of Trafficking of human beings (PVPT Center) has been working for a decade now in combating trafficking of human beings by directly assisting the victims of trafficking and working on the prevention of this phenomenon in Kosovo society.

During the period 2000-2007, in Kosovo there were only two closed type shelters for the victims of trafficking. Facing with lack of long term programs for the victims, in June 2008, the PVPT Center, through the financial support of Finnish Embassy and Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, has opened the first and the only one daily Rehabilitation Center in Kosovo offering a multi disciplinary approach for long term re-habilitation and re-integration of victims of trafficking and those potential. The Center’s experienced staff provides professional services that empower the victims and help them to overcome the traumatic trafficking experience.

 
 
 
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The PVPT Center had the honour of being visited by the Norwegian Ambassador of Kosovo, Mr. PerStrand Sjaardstard on October 20th, 2016. During his visit, important issues regarding Kosovo’s current situation with regards to human trafficking and also the challenges that the PVPT Center is facing to offer long-lasting and stable services to victims of trafficking, were disscused. At the end of his visit, Ambassador Sjaardstard expressed that PVPT will continue to have the strong support of the Norwegian Embassy in their aim to fight human trafficking.

 
 
 
     
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