Breaking the Silence - A Report by the European Roma Rights Centre and people in need

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Trafficking raises sensitivities in Romani communities because of the light it shines on harmful activities or practices that are linked to  trafficking: exploitative begging, forced and child marriage and prostitution/sex work, which have a disproportionate impact on Romani women and girls; and also because of allegations of the complicity of Roma in trafficking. There is a connection between child marriage and trafficking, begging and trafficking, prostitution and trafficking. Clearly members of the Romani community are sometimes involved as traffickers. But this does not mean that Roma are somehow predisposed to inflicting these harms on themselves. Trafficking of non-Romani persons frequently involves relatives,  friends and acquaintances. Non-Roma as well as Roma are involved in begging and prostitution/sex work. Forced and child marriages are a phenomenon of other traditional cultures, even in Europe.


This report is intended to raise awareness, but to avoid politicisation and stereotyping.

To read the full report, click here.