Montenegro is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour. Victims of sex trafficking identified in Montenegro are primarily women and girls from Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and to a lesser extent, other countries in Eastern Europe. Victims are subjected to sex trafficking within hospitality facilities, bars, restaurants, night clubs and cafes. Children of ethnic Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian descent, displaced families, and other vulnerable children from Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia and Serbia are subjected to forced begging. There have been reports that ethnic Roma girls from Montenegro, who are often forced into domestic servitude, have been sold into servile marriages in Roma communities in Kosovo. Although uncommon, internationally-organised criminal groups subject Montenegrin women and girls to sex trafficking in other Balkan countries.
Montenegro is rated as a Tier 2 Country by the US Department of State’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report indicating that the Government of Montenegro does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so.