Cypriot Policy on Prostitution and Trafficking for sexual exploitation

The geographical position of Cyprus makes it a destination country for THB with sexual exploitation being one of the main forms of THB.

The Multidisciplinary Coordination group on trafficking in human beings is under the auspices of the Ministry of Interior and has the task of taking all necessary measures to combat THB in Cyprus and to protect victims in the context of the National Action Plan. The Cyprus Police is a member of the Multidisciplinary Coordination group.

The Cyprus Police is active in training Police Officers in modules on current laws and regulations, intelligence gathering and operations, investigative techniques, victim identification, interview techniques, victim support and protection. Along the same lines, lectures and seminars are carried out in army camps and schools along with other organizations.

Specific actions have been included in the Cyprus NAP in regards to the training of Government officials and judges, while informative leaflets have been issued and are being distributed in order to educate them on such issues.

The above are in addition to police patrols of places where THB might be happening. Although many of the check-ups are carried out after information is given to the police, the police also proceeds with checking high risk establishments and businesses, along with the employers, in order to ensure that the risk of victimization in regards to THB is minimised.

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