Albania is a source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour. Albanian women and child victims are primarily subjected to sex trafficking within Albania and in Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Kosovo, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Criminal groups fraudulently recruit women with offers of employment in waitressing, bartending, dancing, or singing in neighbouring countries, specifically in Kosovo, Greece, and Macedonia, and subject them to sex trafficking. Victims from the Philippines and Albania are subjected to forced labour in Albania. There is an increasing problem of Albanian children, often of the Roma ethnicity, being subjected to forced begging and other forms of compelled labour in Greece, Kosovo, and within Albania. Some Albanian girls are subjected to sex trafficking or forced labour following arranged marriages.
Albania is rated as a Tier 2 Country by the US Department of State’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report indicating that the Government of Albania does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so.
Albanian Centre for Population and Development
ACPD is a non-governmental and non-profiting organization, which aims to assist all individuals to enjoy good reproductive health. ACPD believes in the principle of free and well-informed decision as a fundamental human right, and works for the implementation of this principle and for the improvement of the conditions of best practice services.
KEY CAMPAIGN ACHIEVEMENTS:
- More than 150 Albanian teachers have been trained to use the TLG film in their work with young people.
- More than 2200 Albanian young people have been involved in Two Little Girls workshops and human trafficking information sessions as part of the Albanian campaign.
- 3000 Two Little Girls books, 3000 Two Little Girls leaflets, and 1000 Two Little Girls postcards were disseminated in schools throughout five Albanian districts.
- Two Little Girls has been included in a human rights education module created by the Directorate of Schools and endorsed by the Ministry of Education and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Albania. It is available to be used as a resource in all state schools within the 5 main cities of the country. The aim is to have this become a part of the national Health curriculum.