The Government of Albania does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Albania remained on Tier 2. The government increased funding for victim protection, and identified and assisted more victims. The government, in cooperation with NGOs, reactivated mobile identification units in three regions and strengthened child protection within the criminal justice system.
Human trafficking for sexual purposes is a significant human rights violation, as well as a crime of international proportions. Albania has been identified as an important source of individuals who are trafficked as well as an entry point from Eastern Europe and Russia into Western Europe. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the nature of this problem and governmental and societal responses. An examination of data sources regarding sex trafficking in Albania seen through the lens of the Albanian context and feminist legal perspective helps provide an understanding of the complexity of the issue and the nature of appropriate approaches. This is the first theoretically based attempt at analyzing governmental and societal responses to sex trafficking in Albania.
Human trafficking: Poor women and girls targeted in Albania
A year after escaping her captors, she has been denied asylum in the UK. She had hopes of becoming a lawyer in her home country. She subsequently became a source of shame to her family.
Immigration officials, unable to cope with the surge in the late 90s and early s, simply waved the refugees through to begin their new lives in the UK. Among them were many Albanians claiming to be Kosovan in what has since been described as "the biggest case of nationality switching" in recent UK immigration history. Many took jobs as door staff in the heart of London's sex and vice trade in Soho - then dominated by the Maltese mafia - where they first came to national attention. The Albanians began working alongside the sex dons - before it is claimed they quickly took over London's prostitution rackets. But now they needed girls.