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Bosnia and Herzogovina

• Estimated 20,000 to 50,000 women raped during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

• Sexual and domestic violence against women widespread and underreported.

• According to NGO estimates, one-third of the women in the country were victims of domestic violence.

• Source, destination and transit country for men, women and children who are subjected to sex trafficking.

• Bosnian victims are subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor in Azerbaijan, Slovenia, Croatia, Alabania, Serbia, Kosovo and other countries in Europe.

• Bosnian women and young girls were subjected to sex trafficking within the country. Local girls, particularly Roma, were trafficked, using forced marriage, for the purpose of domestic servitude.

•  NGO reported children as young as 12 years old are subjected to sex trafficking by traffickers who use blackmail, gang rape, and drugs as tools of coercion and control.



Amela Efendic has been a tireless and compassionate caregiver for trafficking victims and an advocate for victim-protection issues for more than 10 years. As head of office for the International Forum of Solidarity-Emmaus. Efendic manages one of Bosnia’s largest and most active shelters for trafficking victims


Source: United Nations Development Fund for Women; U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2011; U.S. Department of State 2010 Human Rights Report