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PROSECUTION The government maintained law enforcement efforts.Article 388 of the criminal code prohibits all forms of trafficking and prescribes penalties ranging from three to 15 years imprisonment, which are sufficiently stringent and commensurate with those prescribed for other serious crimes, such as rape.The government operationalized a permanent human smuggling and trafficking criminal taskforce.
The influx of migrants during the reporting period placed a significant strain on government resources, especially among agencies that combat trafficking in persons.Therefore, Serbia remained on Tier 2 Watch List for the second consecutive year.RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SERBIA Vigorously investigate, prosecute, and convict traffickers and sentence them to stringent penalties; provide victims testifying in court protection to diminish intimidation and re-traumatization; train investigators, prosecutors, and judges on victim-centered approaches to trafficking cases; formalize victim identification procedures and update the national referral mechanism, to include formalizing cooperation with NGOs to ensure victims have access to and receive all necessary support services; increase efforts to identify victims, including among migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers, and unaccompanied children engaged in street begging; amend the law to mandate non-penalization of victims for acts committed as a direct result of being subjected to human trafficking; improve training for government personnel on victim assistance and referral; adopt the national anti-trafficking strategy and action plan and involve NGOs in implementation; allocate adequate staff and resources for the Office for Coordination against Trafficking in Persons and existing coordination structures to ensure effectiveness; and elevate the national coordinator for combating trafficking in persons to a full-time position with independent authority.The government investigated 14 individuals, compared to 10 cases of sex trafficking and one case of forced labor in 2015.
The government prosecuted 23 defendants (18 in 2015). Traffickers received sentences between two years and eight months and seven years and four months imprisonment.
In 2015, 21 victims were subjected to sex trafficking, three to forced labor, ten to forced begging, and two to forced criminality.