Calls for reform on people-trafficking cases in Belgium

8th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Belgium's anti-racism centre has called for major changes to the way the judicial authorities tackle the issue of human-trafficking.

On Wednesday the centre published its annual report, saying that gangs involved in people-trafficking are becoming increasingly professional.

The smaller public prosecutor's offices do not have the resources to be able to cope with such groups.

Jozef De Witte, head of the anti-racism centre, believes a solution could be to merge several public prosecutors’ offices.

He stated that cases are often complex because trafficking is a country-wide problem. Prosecutors have to be able to communicate with each other easily, and have prior knowledge or access to information about each case.

Mr De Witte added: "In some cases when public prosecutors have asked the federal public prosecutor to take up the case, the federal prosecutor has refused to do so."

Romanian and Bulgarian gangs are currently the main people-traffickers in Belgium.

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