Bosnia y Herzegovina - Trafficking of workers (2011)

The case of 700 workers from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Serbia, Macedonia, Moldova and Pakistan who had been recruited by SerbAz to work in Azerbaijan and who were later heavily exploited is still waiting for its court epilogue in Azerbaijan. While the police of BiH failed to find any irregularities in the work of the recruitment company SerbAz, Bosnian citizen Saša Lipovac, who was in charge of the workers’ camp site in Baku, was sentenced in January 2011 to ten years imprisonment for war crimes committed in BiH in 1993. Offers for well-paid work abroad are popular in BiH due to the harsh existential situation of the majority of the population, but there is concern that a number of the recruitment companies are using such arrangements as a cover for trafficking and exploitation of workers.

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