The government’s anti-trafficking protection efforts, however, significantly decreased.
Italy is a destination, transit, and source country for women, children, and men subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Victims subjected to trafficking in Italy often originate from Nigeria, Romania, Morocco, Tunisia, Moldova, Slovakia, Ukraine, China, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Poland, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Egypt, Somalia, Eritrea, and India. Victims are subjected to sex trafficking after accepting false promises of employment as, waitresses, dancers, singers, models, or caregivers.
The Government of Italy fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The government continued to vigorously investigate offenders and prosecute and convict defendants under the anti-trafficking law. The government’s anti-trafficking protection efforts, however, significantly decreased. Victim identification decreased by 77 percent. In the context of general budget cuts for social protection, Italian authorities reduced funding for trafficking victim protection and assistance by more than 60 percent.
The Italian government’s anti-trafficking protection efforts sharply diminished and funding for victim protection and assistance significantly decreased.