In December 2013, the national anti-trafficking coordinator initiated the development of a special taskforce to improve coordination among police, prosecutors, and judges.
NGOs reported that police, prosecutors, and judges demonstrated improved understanding of a victim-centered approach to human trafficking, though further training is still needed.
During 2013, the government trained 57 judges, prosecutors, and police officers on investigation and prosecution of traffickers, and on victim identification and protection.
The government increased the number of judicial police and special prosecutors assigned to trafficking cases from three to seven during the reporting period.
The Government of Albania does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so.
In October 2013, the government appointed a new national anti-trafficking coordinator, who in December initiated the development of a special taskforce to improve coordination among police, prosecutors, and judges.
Twenty-one identified victims were subjected to labor trafficking.
The state-run shelter received the equivalent of approximately 2,000 in government funding.
In 2012, the government reported convicting two defendants and dismissing the prosecutions of two others.
The Serious Crimes Court convicted two offenders for trafficking in persons, each sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment, the same number of convictions as were achieved in 2012.
Albania, officially known as the Republic of Albania, is a country located in Southeast Europe, in the Balkan region. It is bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, Macedonia to the east and Greece to the south and southeast.
It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west, and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest.
During the reporting period, the government reported that 95 victims of trafficking were identified in Albania; 92 were identified in 2012.