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How to better inform the public about human trafficking?

B-H journalists are attending a workshop entitled “Human Trafficking: Prevention and Protection in B-H.” They will write investigative stories in the area of human trafficking on topics of their choice. The workshop is held at Mediacentar Sarajevo on 22-24 April 2007.

Participants will learn the terminology and definition of human trafficking and examine the situation concerning this issue at global, regional and local level. They will see how much attention international and B-H media are giving to the issue and find out about international trends in battling human trafficking.
During the workshop, participants will extensively write synopses of stories on topics they suggest, with constant supervision by the lecturer, and learn the basic terms and elements of the human trafficking chain which will be important during research and writing stories.
The lecturer will talk about how to find a victim, how to approach a victim, how to talk to a victim and at the same time how to protect the victim from the public and from human traffickers. After that, the trainer will present actual human trafficking cases which he investigated in his career of 20 years as a journalist and which he will analyze together with the workshop participants.
On these examples, participants will learn where and how to find a theme for a story and what elements the investigative story they write should have.The lead trainer is Saša Leković, investigative reporting trainer and longtime journalist and editor. Guest lecturers are: Hajrija Hadžiomerović Muftić, Prosecutor with the Office of the Prosecutor of the Federation of B-H; Aida Hozić, lecturer at the University of Florida - Department of Political Science; and Nada Ler Sofronić, Director of the Research, Policy and Advocacy Center ‘Women and Society.”
The aim of the workshop is to better acquaint journalists with the issue of human trafficking in B-H. By better informing the public about the issue they can make a contribution to preventing human trafficking in B-H.
The workshop is one of a series of activities in the framework of a four-year project entitled “Raising Human Trafficking Awareness in B-H,” funded by USAID and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in cooperation with NetNovinar - Center for Investigative Reporting and Media Education (founders: Mediacentar Sarajevo & Investigative Journalism Center, Zagreb).