Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery, a gross violation of human rights. It is considered to be the second largest criminal industry in the world, based on sexual exploitation of people, forced labor, service or slavery. The exploitation of people appears through the use of force or other means of coercion (abduction, fraud).
Throughout the years, Georgian government has carried out necessary measures to fight against human trafficking and protect its victims. One of the governmental mechanisms for prevention and protection from human trafficking is the State Fund for Protection and Assistance of (Statutory) Victims of Human Trafficking (http://www.atipfund.gov.ge/). The mechanism is designed to provide victims with shelter and appropriate rehabilitation programs. Hotline of the State Fund is (+995 32) 2 100 229.
Please, be informed about your rights and lawful interests when traveling abroad
If you are planning to travel abroad, don’t let yourself be in danger. Follow security measures and take special precautions to avoid becoming a victim of human trafficking.
Do not trust promises about studying abroad, working and going on vacation. Do not trust people who are promising visa consultation without your attendance at the premises.
Remember that traveling abroad in any illegal way is against the law and it is related/associated with serious risks. Do not give your identification documents to anyone. Check ahead the information about employer’s work offer. Request your employer’s or school’s contact information.
Upon the arrival to your destination, please provide your address and contact information to the Embassy of Georgia or the Consulate of Georgia.
In case you are the victim of human trafficking and need help
If you are a victim of human trafficking please contact Georgian diplomatic representations in the country of your residence. Embassy of Georgia as well as Consulate of Georgia aim to defend your rights, interests and life, providing you safe and secure way to return to your homeland.
In case there is no Georgian diplomatic representation in the country of your residence, please contact local law enforcement agencies or local organizations working on protecting the human rights. You can also reach the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on its hotline.
Georgian government provides special protection, medical or psychological support to the victims of human trafficking. Additionally, the hotline as well as the address of the closest Georgian Consulate will be provided upon request. In case your rights and interests are being infringed, we encourage you to contact Consular departments on the following numbers:
- Hotline of the Consulate General of Georgia +90 (0) 541 818 44 00 –Available for 24 Hours;
- (+995 32) 294 50 50 – Working days only, from 09:30 until 18:30;
- (+995) 577 98 40 20 – For any emergency situation, Available for 24 Hours;
- Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org