GRETA: Call for authorities to strengthen supervision
Labour inspectors should enter private households employing migrant domestic workers, to prevent abuse and detect cases of human trafficking, the Council of Europe suggests.
It also notes that the number of identified victims of trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation has been on the increase in Cyprus and urges authorities to step up efforts against this human rights violation, and improve protection for child victims.
The Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), in its second evaluation report, published on Friday, calls on Cypriot authorities to strengthen supervision of private employment agencies, increase labour inspections, and improve protection measures for domestic workers.
Furthermore, considering difficulties for victims of trafficking to receive compensation from perpetrators, GRETA urges Cypriot authorities to set up a victim compensation fund.
The expert group also recommends improving the procedure for the identification and referral to assistance of child victims of trafficking, by involving child specialists and child protection services.
In its report on Cyprus, GRETA praises progress made over the last four years in implementing the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, following the publication of GRETA’s first evaluation report in September 2011.
On a positive note, Cypriot authorities are commended for developing further the legal framework for combating trafficking in human beings, in accordance with GRETA’s recommendations, and for adopting a new, comprehensive anti-trafficking law to make measures more effective.