Lithuanian Minister of Social Security & Labour stressed the need for cooperation to combat child trafficking
“Cooperation is necessary to combat child trafficking and exploitation as the problem by its origin and practice has an international context”. Minister Linus Kukuraitis from the Ministry of Social Security and Labour in Lithuania furthermore underlined the importance of a child-centred approach to tackle the challenges.
The efforts of Lithuania to identify and refer children at risk of exploitation and trafficking were highlighted in Vilnius in December 2017 as part of a series of regional workshops in the cooperation between the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat and the Nordic Council of Ministers. Mr Linus Kukraitis, the Minister, took part in the workshop together with 45 representatives from seven countries of the Baltic Sea Region discussing and sharing information about national tools and methods. Child victims of exploitation were also heard in specially facilitated interviews and they ask for relevant services and support. As of today, they feel they can only rely on themselves.
Presentations and speeches from the workshop:
- List of participants
- Welcoming Words
- Presentation of the Ministry of Social Security & Labour
- Experience of LT in identifying and referring children at risk of exploitation and trafficking – Dr Reda Sirgediene
- Children as consultants – Ziburio Fondas
- Experience in identifying & referring children at risk of exploitation & trafficking – etniniu tyrimu institutas
- International evidence-based investigative interviewing of children -CBSS & NCM
- Support Centre – Gyte Bekstiene
Image of the Minister (c) Olga Posaskova