Istraživač-pripravnik, Fakultet političkih nauka, Univerzitet u Beogradu
PUBLIC AND CIVIL SECTOR COOPERATION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS
The global phenomenon of human trafficking is very difficult to stop without the cooperation of various actors in the country and internationally. In this regard, international actors have supported and strengthened all public sector efforts to form a strategic partnership with various representatives of international and non-governmental organizations in Serbia and worldwide in accordance with international standards and rules. The main research objective in this paper was to analyze the relationship between the public and civil sectors, as the most important actors in the fight against human trafficking and to provide adequate protection and assistance to victims of trafficking in the national context. The civil sector is expanding its activities beyond the provision of social services, but in Serbia its activities are focused solely on the provision of social services. Within the framework of securing and organizing the well-being of public policy, the central place is occupied by the state, but the state is not necessarily the only provider, but there are numerous other ways of ensuring well-being and security in society. Improving the quality of life of Serbian citizens is the responsibility of both sectors, and their initiative requires sincere and developed cooperation. Nevertheless, the responsibility is greater for the state as a stronger partner. In the current circumstances, it can be concluded that solid foundations for cooperation have been laid, thanks to the improvement of the institutional and legal framework, although civil sector expectations were that cooperation with the public sector would develop more rapidly. The involvement of the civil sector as an equal member in this fight has made the public sector measures complementary and more effective through the involvement and experience of the civil sector.