The process of human trafficking

How does it happen?

The initial element of the trafficking in persons process is the recruitment phase. By misusing the innocence and naivety of young people who are trying to improve their future, to lead an exciting life full of adventures, see new places and meet new cultures, the traffickers are recruiting new individuals in the process of trafficking in persons on a daily basis. The recruitment (the entrapment) in trafficking in persons is done by using various methods, such as: false lucrative job offers, fake travel arrangements, contracting phony marriages, and even selling victims by their parents/guardians, friends, acquaintances or unknown individuals.
The next element in the process of trafficking in persons is the phase of transportation or transfer of victims from one city to another, or from one country to another. This is done mostly, because the transfer of victims from their place of origin to a different place, allows the traffickers to remove the victims from their usual environment and familiar surroundings and it provides for achieving a greater control over them.
All previously mentioned actions, taken by the traffickers are leading towards the final element of the process and have solely one ultimate goal, and that is exploitation. The exploitation frequently begins at the place of destination and allows for the fulfillment of the greatest motive that traffickers have – and that is to make financial profit. The goal of the traffickers is to make profit by exploiting other persons, which can happen in different ways: sexual exploitation, labor exploitation, forced beggary, forced commission of crimes, illegal adoption, forced marriages, trade in human organs or in any other manner.
In order to ensure submission, obedience and control over the victim, traffickers use violence (psychological, physical and sexual), blackmail and intimidation, threats (against the victim’s life, but also against the lives of the members of his or her immediate family), they are taking away personal documents, they isolate the victims from the surroundings or the environment, control their movement and they also create an addiction by means of using narcotic drugs and alcohol.
The most common manner of controlling the victims is the so-called indebted slavery. The victim is being told that the trafficker paid a certain amount of money in order to cover the travel expenses to the final destination, i.e. a sum that is constantly increasing due to interest and everyday expenses that are required for the victim’s subsistence. The victim is continually kept to
believe that as soon as he or she pays off that amount, he or she can regain his or her freedom.

  • Installation "Handle with Care



    Friday, November 2 at the National Gallery of Macedonia -Mala Station, we successfully opened the art installation "Handle with Care." Thanks to all the citizens, institutions, CSO and international organizations that came to see the event and support the initiative.

    The messages s was clear, it is necessary to continue together with the efforts against trafficking in human beings both at the international and at the national level. We need to ensure the timely identification and to provide unreserved protection to victims.

    On November 3, we continued with panel discussion, with representatives of MTSP, HOPS, Coalition of margins, Open Gate/ La Strada and other participants’ mostly young professionals and other citizens.

    We agreed that trafficking in human beings should not be a taboo topic. The recruitment of women's rights, the strengthening and support of women and girls and gender equality should be at the center of the efforts to prevent trafficking in human beings and exploitation.

    For all of you who were not able to visit the event in Skopje, can come to the events planned in Tetovo on 7/8 / 9.11.2018 in the Center for Balkan Cooperation and Bitola on 13/14 / 15.11.2018 - Center for Culture. This project continues to travel in the other cities, in cooperation with the Association Women Forum Tetovo and NGO Semper Bitola. We expect to visit us.

    The project and installation Handle With Care is an initiative of the artists Patricia Kaersenhout and Jimini Hignett as a two-part exhibition at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam as part of the 150th anniversary exhibition of the abolition of slavery in the Netherlands. The project is organized by the Open Gate with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Macedonia and Tirana and aims to raise awareness of the trafficking among public especially the yout

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  • Call for participants of the Regional Social Academy

    IRIS, within Network of CSOs providers of social services Initiative, lead by IDC and in partnership with Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V., are announcing the Call for participants of the Regional Social Academy, which will be held in Belgrade, Serbia from 26thto 29th November 2018.

    Academy offers participants a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package, exploring migration policy and governance in the region, linkages between migration and social service delivery, and instruments and mechanisms for protecting migrants’ rights. Participants will attend 4 day tailor-made training consisted of different learning methodologies including lectures, workshops, discussions and field visits. The Academy program will enable further improvements and optimization to the needs, interests and constraints of the participants and their institutional and organizational environments. Successful participants will obtain certificates, and enter Academy Alumni. Outstanding results at the Academy will be seen as an advantage when applying for EU based traineeships organized by IRIS Network.

    For the application procedure, please follow the link:

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    Today five years ago, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. Thousands of workers at their sewing machines in the five factories that the building housed were buried in the collapsed structure ‑ 1,134 of them died, thousands more were injured. On this day our thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones five years ago and with the survivors that have to live with the memories of that dreadful tragedy. Please for more information open this link: Five years on





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  • New regional initiative of the IRIS NETWORK

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    Joint meeting, Skopje, March 2, 2018, hosted Open Gate

    The purpose of the meeting is to present the new opportunities for cooperation and support for members of the IRIS network.

    For more information about the project, please see the following link:

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