Montenegro supported in fighting against modern slavery

28-30June 2022, Budva, Montenegro: Human trafficking is a global problem and a crime committed with the intention to exploit. Investigating human trafficking cases using a victim-centred approach increases victim identification, strengthens prosecutions and results in convictions of traffickers.

In this vein, UNODC in collaboration with the Center for Education in Judiciary and State Prosecution of Montenegro conducted a mock trial for 22 judges, prosecutors and police officers in Montenegro, tailored to the country context, its legal system, culture, and resources with the support of national experts and experienced judges and prosecutors.

The participants had the opportunity to experience in real time the challenges and opportunities in identifying and investigating trafficking in persons cases under the learning-by-doing methodology. The mock trial is part of the UNODC project UN.Locking Impunity of Traffickers and Supporting Justice for Victims of Trafficking in Persons in Southeastern Europe funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP).

This activity contributes to SDG 16, particularly Target 16.2 to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.