Macedonia is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour. Macedonian women and children are subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour within the country in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and for forced begging. Children, primarily ethnic Roma, are subjected to forced begging. The age of identified victims is increasingly younger and more victims originate from neighbouring countries. Foreign victims subjected to sex trafficking in Macedonia most commonly originate from Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, and Kosovo. Macedonian citizens are subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour in Greece, Belgium, Croatia, and other countries in South, Central, and Western Europe. Traffickers use fraudulent promises of employment to deceive young women and subject them to trafficking abroad. International organized crime groups are reportedly involved in human trafficking within the country and abroad.
Macedonia is rated as a Tier 1 Country by the US Department of State’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report indicating that the Government of Macedonia fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.