DATE     2010-02-18 00:00:00
ORIGIN     Embassy Budapest



E.O. 12958: N/A


BUDAPEST 00000098 001.2 OF 012

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1. We believe the Government of Hungary (GOH) fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The GOH has improved its efforts to combat trafficking and followed through on its proposals to address the problem. Notably, the government improved its support for victims, providing $88,500 to NGOs working against trafficking in persons (TIP), up from zero financial support in 2008. Convictions for traffickers increased in 2009, with 87 percent receiving a prison sentence.

A new pilot program established in cooperation between the Office of Justice and National Police Board established three victim support centers to proactively contact and support victims of violent crimes. At the end of December, the GOH signed a contract with an NGO to open a new shelter for trafficking victims. The government referral system, designed in cooperation with the GOH and NGO victims’ assistance centers, continued to work effectively during the year.

Hungary has established a solid anti-TIP framework through its National Strategy but now needs to continue implementing an action plan with the TIP stakeholders. Hungary needs to further support important services for trafficking victims, either directly or through NGOs, and increase training efforts for law enforcement officials, in particular, outside of Budapest.

2. Responses below are keyed to questions posed in para 25-35 of reftel:


— A. Key government agencies, NGOs, and international organizations provided the majority of the TIP-related information to Post. The Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement (MOJ) is the lead government agency on TIP issues and is the primary point of contact on all related issues. Other government agencies involved were the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL), and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Several NGOs provided information related to victims assistance, prevention efforts, and government cooperation.
These NGOs included the International Office of Migration (IOM), the Hungarian Baptist Aid (HBA), the Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA), the Foundation for the Women of Hungary (MONA) and the European Roma Rights Center (ERRC).

Post considers the sources to be generally reliable. HBA has requested to remain anonymous.

— B. Hungary is primarily a country of origin and transit, and secondarily a destination country for women trafficked for sexual exploitation. There were no official estimates of the actual number of victims trafficked from, to, or through Hungary. Officials reported that 94 trafficking victims, all Hungarian nationals, were identified during 2009 compared to the 75 victims reported in 2008. Abroad, MFA consular officers identified 28 Hungarian trafficking victims.
Officials could not clearly establish how many victims were internally trafficked as traffickers rotated victims internally and internationally.

Internal trafficking for sexual exploitation originates primarily from eastern Hungary and terminates either in Budapest or along the Austrian border. The impact of Hungary’s acceptance into the U.S. visa waiver Program on November 17,2008 is being closely monitored by government officials. MFA reported that three trafficking victims requested assistance from Hungarian consulates in the U.S.

Recent trafficking trends suggest that Hungary is becoming less of a destination country and more of a transit country. Rising poverty rates have increased the supply of domestic victims, thus reducing the demand for international victims. Additionally, the implementation of the visa free Schengen zone has made it easier for traffickers to traffic external victims through Hungary en route to other countries. In December 2009, the EU lifted the visa requirements for citizens from Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. Authorities report no increase in trafficking activities resulting from this change. Victims were trafficked internationally from Hungary to the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, SWITZERLAND, Spain, Ireland, the United States (U.S.). The Netherlands and SWITZERLAND are increasingly becoming the destination country of choice for Hungarian traffickers. In a September news report, Dutch police claimed that 20-25 percent of the women in Amsterdam’s red light district were Hungarian, mainly from the northeastern city of Nyiregyhaza. Correspondingly, NGOs reported that the trafficking unit in the Zurich police department employed a full-time Hungarian-speaking staff member to respond to the sharp increase in Hungarian trafficking victims following SWITZERLAND’s entry into the Schengen zone in early 2009. These women and girl prostitutes, mainly of Roma ethnicity, were chiefly from Eastern Hungary, notably from the towns of Berettyoujfalu and Puspokladany. The principal countries of origin for victims of trafficking through Hungary were Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Poland, countries of the former Yugoslavia, and China. Victims trafficked to Hungary included ethnic Hungarians from western Romania for purposes of sexual
exploitation including male minors.

— C. The only trafficking cases within and from Hungary which came to the attention of the authorities were cases of trafficking for sexual exploitation. TIP victims in Hungary are forced to solicit clients on rural roads, city streets, in brothels (disguised as lap-dance bars or massage parlors), and in some cases, apartments or private homes. Traffickers use threats, force and emotional attachment to ensure compliance. Victims are usually housed in apartments owned by traffickers or outbuildings on their property. In most cases, virtually all victims’ earnings (as well as, in cases of trafficking to or from Hungary, the victims’ travel documents) are taken by the trafficker. Many victims are enticed through employment ads promising well paying work, either legal or illegal, but many are also deceived about such false opportunities by personal acquaintances, family friends or family members. While government officials comment that it is not uncommon for trafficking victims to use fraudulent documentation, a significant number travel with bona fide documents, making it difficult to identify victims as they are unaware of their intended victimization.

— D. Victims trafficked within and outside Hungary are trafficked for sexual exploitation. The majority of internally trafficked victims originated in the poorer regions of the eastern part of the country. The high-risk groups included young, rural women mainly of Roma origin and adult female orphans. A large percentage of the victims, especially the underage female victims, originate from orphanages, state care homes and juvenile correctional facilities, either when they leave or are released at age 18, but a number are also trafficked while they are still in these state institutions and homes, according to NGOs. The young women, and sometimes boys, are especially vulnerable to exploitation in prostitution and human trafficking. MONA reported the ongoing and prevalent phenomenon of underage girls in a Budapest correctional facility/state care home, were recruited and prostituted by male pimps during the hours that they were allowed to leave the facility. In turn, the young victims (most between 14 and 16-years-old) recruited and prostituted other girls in the home. When orphans leave
these institutions at age 18 (only some are permitted to stay longer in state homes or apartments, under certain conditions until age 24), the state gives the orphan a one-time average stipend of HUF 500,000 (approximately $2,700). This amount is usually less than what is needed for an apartment lease and living expenses, but more than what they have seen until
then. NGOs claimed that this stipend is a danger factor, as pimps and traffickers aware of the stipend, seek to take it from the newly-released young adults.

There is also a mentorship program available to those over the age of 18, but in practice it is not used very often, and is not viewed by NGOs as very effective. The orphans usually have a lower education level compared to other young adults; have very few employment or higher education options; and often have a very weak or perhaps nonexistent family or support network. As a result, most of these women find themselves indigent and homeless in a matter of weeks. Out of desperation, they often turn to prostitution and quickly find themselves at the mercy of traffickers and/or pimps.

— E. According to government officials and NGOs the majority of traffickers were individuals or small, family-based groups. There is evidence that women are sold into prostitution by their families. This typically happens in very low-income families. The principal recruitment methods used by traffickers included employment ads promising well paying work for waitresses or dancers published in free weekly publications, on the internet, or spread by word of mouth, for instance, at discos. Post has no evidence that bona fide employment, travel agencies, or marriage brokers are fronting for traffickers. However, in two cases where the victims were exploited for their labor in the U.S., authorities assume that Hungarian employment agencies were involved. Some victims know they are being recruited to perform illegal work, but do not expect to have to perform sexual services.

Other methods included ‘boyfriends’ that groomed young girls and women, creating an emotional attachment and buying them gifts, and in the worse cases, raping and threatening them
before prostituting them. Authorities in SWITZERLAND and Italy claim that a high percentage of Hungarian trafficking suspects have Roma ethnicity. While government officials comment that it is not uncommon for trafficking victims to use fraudulent documentation, especially with victims under 18-years-old, a significant number travel with bona fide documents, making it difficult to identify victims as they are unaware of their intended victimization. Traffickers transported victims in cars, trains, planes and buses.
Victims are usually housed in apartments owned by traffickers or outbuildings on their property. Virtually all victims’ earnings (as well as the victims’ travel documents) are taken by the trafficker.


— AQhe government recognizes that trafficking in persons is a problem in Hungary that requires continued law enforcement, prevention, and victim assistance efforts.

— B. The government’s National Strategy Against Trafficking in Persons came into force on April 10, 2008, establishing the framework of cooperation for government agencies involved in trafficking issues. The Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement had the lead on all trafficking issues and coordinated the government activities through a State Secretary-level national coordinator. Other government agencies involved included the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor The National Strategy details the Trafficking situation in Hunary and lays the groundwork for the formation of a National Action Plan. It also describes the principle tasks of the National Coordinator position to include the  development of an action plan and a requirement to maintain routine communication with key stakeholders. The inter-ministerial working group invites NGO participation to its quarterly meetings. According to NGOs, the National Coordinator rarely, if ever, attended the working group meetings. The government claimed that the implementation of the Action Plan is ongoing, though NGOs stated that they are still unaware of the Action Plan.

— C. The government reported budgetary limitations in combating TIP. Government ministries fund TIP programs “out of hide” as there was no specific allocation for TIP. During the year, the government spent 245.7 million Hungarian Forints (HUF) (approximately $1.3 million) on anti-trafficking efforts including HUF 229 million (approximately $1.2 million) on prosecution and enforcement resources to include a special TIP investigation unit, a hotline, and crisis centers. In 2009, the government provided HUF 16.7 million (approximately $88,359) to TIP NGOs, HUF 4.5 million (approximately $23,800) for research, HUF 3.2 illion (approximately $17,200) for training, HUF 3 million (approximately $15,800) for prevention, HUF 6 million (approximately $31,700) for shelter support. In 2008, the GOH did not support any TIP NGO. Representatives from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) reported that trafficking laws are narrow in scope and fail to fully address the TIP problem. They cited the example of pandering, saying that the law does not treat it as a TIP crime, thus
weakening their ability to combat it. The National Assembly has considered legislation to include pandering as ‘a TIP crime for many years without success. NBI cited that the absence of any special TIP judges or prosecutors, as well as untrained country police officers, as limiting factors.

— D. The National Strategy established a mechanism for the GOH to systematically monitor its anti-trafficking efforts, but there was minimal operational evidence. The national coordination mechanism requires regular communication and meetings with key TIP stakeholders, which occurred 12 times during the year. The GOH replied to external queries from international organizations and took part in elaborating the international and ED documents on trafficking. However, the government did not release regular internal reports on trafficking. The individual agencies involved in anti-TIP efforts operated independently of each other, relying on informal communication channels to share information.

— E. Hungary has a reliable birth registration and citizenship process. The citizenship law is based on the principles of jus sanguinis, meaning that a person acquires citizenship by birth from a parent who is a citizen. Hungary also offers a naturalization path to citizenship. Upon meeting specific criteria, immigrants to Hungary are entitled to a residency permit. It is unknown what percentage of the small immigrant community is undocumented, specifically from the Chinese and Vietnamese population.

— F. All investigative and prosecuting agencies were integrated into the law enforcement database (ENYUBS), which increased data collection. Implemented in late 2008, the database tracks TIP and TIP-related crimes in a centralized crime database. The database allows police officers across Hungary to use it to flag any crime that they believe could have a TIP connection. Officials from the NBI Department of Trafficking in Human Beings have access to the flagged data and can examine it to determine whether there is any connection to a TIP offense.


— A. In 1999, the crime of TIP was specifically introduced into the Hungarian Criminal Code. The definition of TIP was modified in 2001 to harmonize with the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crimes. Under paragraph 175/B of the Hungarian Criminal Code, any person who sells, purchases, conveys, receives another person or exchanges a person for another person, including the person, or who recruits, transports, houses, hides, or appropriates people for such purposes for another party, is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment not to exceed three years. The basic penalty for traffickers is one to five years imprisonment if the criminal act is committed for the following purposes: sodomy or sexual penetration; to subject the victim to forced labor; to the detriment of a person kept in captivity; for the unlawful use of the human body; in criminal conspiracy; or in a pattern of criminal profiteering. The penalty for these offenses increases to two to eight years if it is committed to the detriment of a person who is in the care, custody, supervision, or treatment of the perpetrator, or if it is carried out by force, by the threat of force, by deception, or by tormenting the injured person. The penalty increases to five to ten years if trafficking involves making illegal pornographic material. During this reporting period, the GOH amended article 175/B paragraph 5 of the penal code, which increased the penalty involving victims under 12 years of age, from a minimum of five to fifteen years, to five to twenty years up to life imprisonment. Any person who makes preparations for TIP is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by
imprisonment not to exceed two years. The law covers both internal and transborder trafficking cases.

The GOH acknowledges that the Hungarian Supreme Court has set strict evidentiary requirements for proving the crime of TIP, which makes successful prosecutions under paragraph 175/8 difficult. Prosecutors must prove that a person was bought and sold. Unfortunately, prosecutors often try traffickers under other criminal statutes, which are related to trafficking and easier to prosecute but carry lighter sentences, in the hopes of providing a greater chance of conviction. The numbers of these “non paragraph 175/B” prosecutions are included in the Unified Statistical System of Investigations and Prosecutions (ENYUBS). These TIP-related statutes may include laws against slavery, kidnapping, promotion of prostitution, living on the earnings of prostitution, pandering, human smuggling, violation of personal freedom, changing the custody of a minor, or changing the family status.

— B. The basic penalty for trafficking people for sexual exploitation is imprisonment between one to five years if the criminal act is committed for the purpose of sodomy or sexual penetration. The penalty increases to two to eight years if it is committed to the -detriment of a person who is in the care, custody, supervision, or treatment of the perpetrator, or if it is carried out by force, by the threat of force, by deception, or by tormenting the injured person. The penalty increases to five to ten years if trafficking for the purpose of making illegal pornographic material is involved. This reporting period, the GOH amended article 175/8 paragraph 5 of the penal code which increased the penalty involving victims under 12 years of age, from a minimum of five to fifteen, to five to twenty years up to life imprisonment.

— C. The basic penalty for labor trafficking offenses is imprisonment between one to five years if the criminal act subjects the victim to forced labor. As with sexual exploitation, the penalty increases to two to eight years if it is committed to the detriment of a person who is in the care, custody, supervision, or treatment of the perpetrator, or if it is carried out by force, by the threat of force, by deception, or by tormenting the injured person. If the victim is under 12 years of age, the penalty is five to fifteen years up to life imprisonment. The law provides for criminal punishment for both recruiters who engage in recruitment of laborers using knowingly fraudulent or deceptive offers that result in workers being trafficked in the destination country, as well as for employers or labor agents who confiscate worker’s passports or travel documents switch contracts without the workers’ consent, or withhold payment of salaries to keep workers in a state of service. If the perpetrator is a Hungarian citizen he/she can be punished for a TIP offense, regardless of the place of the perpetration.
If the offender is not a Hungarian citizen, Hungarian law should be applied. If the perpetration is in another country but the offender has connection to Hungary, Hungarian law can be also applied pursuant to the Hungarian Criminal Code. The GOH did not enact any new legislation on labor trafficking offenses since the last TIP report.

— D. The penalties for rape or forcible sexual assault are similar to trafficking penalties. The basic penalty is between two to eight years imprisonment. The penalty increases to five to twenty years if the victim is under 12, and if the victim is under the care of the perpetrator or if more than one person has sexual intercourse with the victim on the same occasion, knowing about each other’s acts.

— E. The GOH initiated 27 investigations and brought charges against 16 persons suspected of TIP crimes in nine cases during the year. In one case, authorities seized nearly HUF 200 million (approximately $1 million) in cash, cars and other property from two suspects. According to Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement data, 23 perpetrators were convicted for 31 TIP sexual exploitation crimes. Of the 23 convictions for sexual exploitation, 20 convictions resulted in sentences ranging from eight months to nine years in prison. Twelve of these convictions resulted in prison sentences of less than three years. Three convictions carried a three to four year sentence, while the remaining five were sentenced to more than five years. Of the 23 total convictions, three resulted in suspended sentences. Of these, four sentences included additional fines. Fines in three of the cases were between HUF 300,000 – HUF 500,000 (approximately $1,600 – $2,600). In the other case, the fines were HUF 4 million (approximately $21,164). There was no additional information available to explain the disparity between the fines in these four cases. In one case HUF 351,400 (approximately $1,900) was confiscated.

Compared to 2008, penalties for convicted traffickers were more severe in 2009. In 2008, the 16 reported convictions resulted in only nine prison sentences with seven cases ending in a suspended sentence. Only 56 percent of convicted traffickers received a prison sentence in 2008. By contrast, in 2009, 20 of the 23 convicted traffickers, or 87 percent, received a prison sentence, while only three received suspended sentences. Disturbingly, a breakdown of the conviction data by county revealed that all nine convictions originating in Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg County were sentenced to less than three years, with one suspended sentence. This county is the easternmost county in Hungary and is reportedly also from where many internally trafficked victims originate. There is no evidence available to explain why the sentencing patterns appear to be less strict in this county relative to the rest of the country.

— F. The GOH conducted regular training for consular officers destined for overseas assignments. In cooperation with IOM, the GOH elaborated training materials that police personnel deliver to their communities. The material describes the main methods of recruitment tactics and the most common ways of exploitation, including the risks of working or staying abroad. The GOH reported that county police forces delivered regular training for professionals, youth child protection facilities, and churches. However, the NBI reported that it did not receive any additional funds from the GOH to support TIP training for police officers, including victim sensitivity training.

The government provided the HBA and IOM with HUF 3 million (approximately $15,800) for six trafficking-prevention training sessions for the staff of an unaccompanied minor shelter. MONA, the Women’s Rights Association, and the Association of Street Social Helpers (NANE), held three two-day training sessions for police officers and law-enforcement officials. The training provided 55 law enforcement officials with tools to better combat trafficking and assist victims, raise awareness about the connection between trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation and prostitution, and to increase participants’ sensitivity towards victims of trafficking and persons in prostitution.

–G. The government cooperates with other nations, mainly the Netherlands, on a regular basis as most TIP cases have an international component. Most of the cooperation is done with
information exchanges, however there were three cases involving operative cooperation. These cases included Germany and Austria.

— H. The GOH is willing to extradite foreign nationals charged with trafficking, unless the suspect may be subject to the death penalty. Hungary generally does not approve the
extradition of its own nationals. The U.S. – Hungary extradition treaty, for example, includes a provision that allows each country to deny extradition of its own citizens.
In such cases where citizenship is the only reason for denial, the denying country is obligated to conduct a trial within its own justice system. During the reporting period, authorities extradited eight persons from Hungary on trafficking charges, while two persons were extradited from abroad to Hungary.

— I. There is no evidence of government involvement in, or tolerance of trafficking, at the local or institutional level.

— J. There is no evidence that government officials are involved in trafficking.

— K. The GOH investigates, prosecutes, and convicts police officers or military troops working in foreign missions. Police and military officers committing a crime are immediately suspended from office, sent back to Hungary, and prosecuted. The foreign mission and the sending country are notified without delay. According to the information of the Office of the Military Prosecutor there were no criminal procedures launched in TIP cases committed by Hungarian peacekeeping troops during the reporting period.

— L. The GOH and multiple NGOs confirmed that there is no evidence that Hungary is a destination for child sex tourism. However, NGOs and the media reported that Hungary, Budapest
in particular, became a destination for sex tourism, mainly stag parties. Low cost airlines, inexpensive alcohol and prostitution services appealed to Western European male tourists. In flight magazines on routes to Budapest feature strip clubs and ‘massage parlors’.


— A. In 2001, Parliament adopted the Witness Protection Act, which stipulates protection of victims/witnesses of trafficking. The program is available for foreign nationals as well. Endangered witnesses can be moved to a protected residence within Hungary or to another country and their identity can be altered. The state socially and financially supports protected persons. No trafficking victims participated in the Witness Protection Program in 2009.
Additionally, Parliament adopted the Act on Entry and Stay of Third Country Nationals (Act No. 2 which came into force on July 1, 2007. This act grants foreign trafficking victims a reflection period of one month to decide whether they will cooperate with authorities. During this period, victims are entitled to a temporary residence permit and may only be expelled from the country if their continued residence presents a serious threat to national security, public security, or public policy. After the expiry of the reflection period, if they decide to cooperate with authorities, they are entitled to a residence permit valid for six months. The government’s implementing decree (No. 114/2007) ensures that victims of trafficking have access to accommodation, health care, and various forms of financial support during their period of legal stay in the country. Reportedly, no trafficking victims applied for temporary
residence permits.

Several NGOs expressed concern that the government’s legal interpretation of “victim” is often times too narrow to include victims of trafficking, thus making it difficult for these organizations to secure government funding. NGOs also complained that the 30 day reflection period is not long enough for victims to work through the trauma and decide to testify. Hungarian victims are not granted a reflection period, but must decide right away if they will cooperate. No trafficking case is tried without the victim’s testimony.

— B. There were approximately 60 regional and local victim protection offices and 11 regional crisis centers where trafficking victims could receive short-term psychological, social, and legal assistance. The MSAL supports an assistance hotline (the National Crisis Management and Information Telephone Services – OKIT). Among other target groups, this hotline also provides assistance to victims of trafficking in the form of emotional support and referral to the shelter(s) for victims of trafficking. Child TIP victims are placed in state care juvenile facilities, when circumstances do not allow them to return to their families. There are currently two TIP adult victim care facilities operating in Hungary.
One shelter has been owned and operated by an NGO, HBA, since 2005. The government supported HBA’s shelter operations in 2007, providing HUF 13 million (approximately $74,901 at that time). During the reporting period, the NGO operated the shelter exclusively with private donations. In 2009, the HBA shelter provided assistance to 45 trafficking victims during the reporting period, of which nine were referred by the crisis hotline and two were referred by NBI, but the majority from the crisis hotline. The six bed facility offers a range of services to victims, including legal, medical, and psychological assistance, as well as full room and board, repatriation assistance for third country nationals, and reintegration services. Trafficking victims are permitted to stay in the facility for up to six months, though some stay longer. The HBA also provides additional assistance to the victims to make the transition out of the facility. Options include a transfer to another, non-trafficking victim facility, repatriation to their country of origin, transfer to another shelter in the country of origin, or assistance with gaining legal residence in Hungary.

The second shelter is government funded. On December 30, the government signed an initial and renewable six-month contract valued at HUF 6 million (approximately $31,700) with the NGO, HIA, to support a shelter exclusively for trafficking victims. The six-person capacity shelter provides legal, medical, psychological and social services to victims. Due to limited funding, the new shelter will only accept Hungarian victims returning to Hungary from abroad, or Hungarian victims trafficked internally within Hungary.

Some NGOs expressed concern that neither the shelters, nor the government, share information as to what services the shelters provide, what kind of training their staff receives, general data on victims such as the number of victims assisted, from where or to they were trafficked. Some TIP NGOs that refer victims to the shelters have almost no information about what will happen to the victims once they arrive. Some argue that data on victims and their traffickers would help devise better policies and programs to combat trafficking and protect victims.

Some NGOs criticized the government for the lack of transparency in contracting for shelter services in 2009, as it did not release any public tender for support to run a shelter.

— C. All government funding comes from the federal budget but may be administered at the county level. The GOH, directly and indirectly, provides trafficking victims with access to legal, medical, or psychological services. In October 2009, the 2005 Crime Victim Support and State Compensation Act was amended easing the application process and requirements. Under this act, Crime victims can receive compensation (lump sum or allotments) and psychological services. In 2009, no TIP victims applied for this benefit.
MSAL operated a crisis hotline, which was successful in directing trafficking victims to the appropriate service providers. The hotline, funded entirely by the MSAL, employed a staff of 12 operators and one director position. Several other NGOs reported that the crisis hotline operated successfully and effectively during the year.

Although the government offers temporary residency, short-term relief from deportation, and shelter to trafficking victims who cooperated with police and prosecutors, authorities claim that no one applied or received such support. During the year, the government allocated a total of 245.7 million forints (approximately $1.3 million) to anti-trafficking efforts including: HUF 70 million (approximately $370,370) to trafficking victim assistance programs, HUF 4.5 million (approximately $23,800) for research, HUF 3.2 million (approximately $17,200) for training, HUF 3 million (approximately $15,800) for prevention, HUF 6 million (approximately $31,700) for shelter support, and HUF 157 million (approximately $829,630) on prosecution and enforcement resources to include the special trafficking in persons investigation unit.

The Office of Justice Victim Support Service ran a pilot program from September to December with the National Police Board and three county victim support service centers. The aim of this pilot project was to proactively contact and support more victims of violent and deliberate crimes. When the police take a victim’s statement, they request written permission to share the victim’s personal data with the victim support service, which then immediately contacts the victim. If the pilot program proves effective, the government plans to broaden the program to the whole country.

— D. The Act on Entry and Stay of Third Country Nationals (Act No.2) described above (para. A) provides foreign trafficking victims certain rights that facilitate their stay in Hungary. No foreign victims were identified in 2009.

— E. The GOH did not directly provide longer-term housing benefits to victims, or other resources to assist victims to rebuild their lives. The GOH provided financial support to NGOs that delivered such services.

— F. A formal victim referral program process, with an emphasis on victim protection, has been in place since 2005. According to one NGO, the referral system is functioning well. NGOs reported that courts and prosecutors’ offices use the referral program to their satisfaction. The police updated their directive on counter-trafficking measures in 2007, which provides guidance to all policemen on how to appropriately handle trafficking cases. The guidance places a special emphasis on victim identification, international coordination, and cooperation with NGOs.

— G. There are no figures or estimates of the actual number of trafficking victims in Hungary. However, 94 trafficking victims were identified during the reporting period. Of these, two were referred by NBI, and nine by the GOH-operated crisis hotline, to the victims’ assistance NGO for follow-up. Law enforcement officials referred two victims to care facilities. The GOH provided assistance to any trafficking victims through government-funded assistance programs during the year (see para C above).

— H. NGOs reported that law enforcement officials are successfully proactive at identifying possible trafficking victims. Police officers receive a manual on TIP explaining the causes of victimization, interrogation methods for the victim-witness, and specific investigation techniques and tactics. The manual was compiled in the framework of a regional training program of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe and the International Center for Migration policy Development (ICMPD) on implementation of the regulations of Palermo Protocol. Hungarian authorities do not register persons engaged in prostitution. As a result, there is no formal mechanism in place to screen for trafficking victims among this population.

— I. It is not GOH policy to jail, detain, fine, or deport victims of trafficking, and there were no reports that any of these occurred during the reporting year. According to both the GOH and NGOs, the directive on counter-trafficking measures from the Hungarian National Police to all police officers across the country has had a positive effect on the treatment and identification of trafficking victims.

— J. The GOH officially encourages victims to assist in the investigation and prosecution of trafficking cases. Twenty-seven victims assisted in the GOH’s investigations, resulting in charges against 16 persons suspected of TIP crimes during the year. In 2001, Hungary adopted its Act on Witness Protection. In theory, the program grants physical protection to witnesses. The program is available to victims of trafficking, provided they are willing to testify in a court of law.

— K. The GOH conducts regular training sessions for consular officers to raise their awareness about potential TIP victims they may encounter while posted abroad. The training program,
developed by the MFA’s Consular Department and I0M, is mandatory for all Hungarian consuls and is part of the manual issued to all consular officers. The training also serves as a model for other Foreign Ministries in the region. In 2009, consular officers identified 28 Hungarian trafficking victims: six in Germany; six in Italy; six in Austria; three in the United States; two in the United Kingdom; two in Spain; one in Greece; one in South Africa; and, one in SWITZERLAND. In the two U.S. cases the victims were employed as housekeepers and au-pairs/babysitters. In all cases, the MFA worked with local victim assistance organizations and referred many of the victims directly to those agencies for assistance.

— L. Repatriated nationals who are trafficking victims have access to the range of social services available to all Hungarians. Once repatriated, the GOH does not directly provide any additional assistance to these victims. Instead, the victims are normally referred to the NGO-operated victim care facilities for follow-up.

— M. The most active organization concerned with trafficking is IOM. Since 1999, IOM has conducted the most in-depth training on trafficking in Hungary. In 2009, IOM and the GOH carried out a prevention campaign and training workers at an unaccompanied minor shelter. IOM also refers Hungarian victims identified by their offices outside of Hungary to the
victims’ care facility in Budapest.

The HBA has done considerable street-level work, operates a victims’ shelter, and provides counseling services to trafficking victims and prostitutes, as well as international relief services. The NGO finances trafficking awareness programs for its own social workers and experts.

Women United Against Violence (NANE) is a small, but active, NGO. Although NANE’s primary focus is on violence against women, it provides counseling to trafficking and domestic
violence victims and promotes public awareness of these issues.

The Foundation for the Women of Hungary (MONA) primarily focuses on women’s empowerment, it lead a project to establish inter-professional support services in Hungary to promote the fight against trafficking in women, prostitution, and violence against women. The project aims to establish cooperation between the governmental authorities for a more appropriate legal policy by organizing training for policemen, and forums for the target groups to foster professional cooperation.

The European Roma Rights Center (ERRC) is an international public interest law organization engaging in a range of activities aimed at combating anti-Romani racism and human rights abuse of Roma. Currently they are researching regional trafficking trends among the Roma.

The Cordelia Foundation is a small NG providing relief to victims of torture and organized crime. They also work on refugee assistance.

The Hungarian Prostitute Interest Association (HPIA) is a small but active NGO that seeks to raise government awareness on the plight of prostitutes. HPIA conducts surveys on the working conditions of street prostitutes, rehabilitates prostitutes, and counsels them on how to avoid being victimized by traffickers.


— A. The MOJ and the Hungarian National Police, in cooperation with IOM and the Hungarian Oil Company Ltd. (MOL) launched a demand-side campaign from March to June 2009. The three month campaign employed press conferences, radio interviews, an article in “Cop” magazine, and posters placed in 100 gas station restrooms to reach the target audience of 25-45 year old males. The posters which showed a bed with money on it and handcuffs, stated “You can get out of it, but can she?” was intended to get the audience to consider how hiring a prostitute could support the trafficking industry.

The slogan stressed the lack of choice that TIP victims have. Other ‘giveaways’ like badge holders and coasters with the slogan and the MOJ website address on them were distributed to members of the target group. Additionally, IOM developed anti-demand related information that was posted on the MOJ website. MOJ stated that nearly 10,000 target group members received the campaign materials and the on-line information material was downloaded 4,000 times. MOJ financed the campaign with HUF 3 million (approximately $15,800). Some NGOs complained that the campaign was not visible enough and that the message was not clearly about TIP victims.
Additionally, the government funded IOM to provide a six-session trafficking prevention training course to shelter staff at the unaccompanied minor shelter.

— B. Since December 21, 2007, Hungary has been a member of the Schengen zone and continues to place a high importance on monitoring its borders. A wide range of modern techniques are in place to detect illegal border crossings (such as sensors, infra-red cameras, etc). Immigration and emigration patterns are monitored and law enforcement agencies pay special attention to cases where TIP may occur during the entrance procedure at the borders. NNI police officials noted however, that the removal of border controls between Hungary and its
neighboring Schengen countries has reduced the number of immigration officials screening potential victims and offenders as they cross these borders.

— C. The GOH established a formal mechanism to facilitate communication between the key TIP stakeholders upon adopting the National Strategy on April 10, 2008. In practice however, this mechanism is minimally used. Though the working group meets quarterly and invites NGO participation, NGOs reported expressed their disappointment in the lack of available data from the government. Additionally, the GOH did not establish an internet group for stakeholders to share information as planned.

The multi-agency working group, which also incorporated NGOs and IOs, met quarterly The US-Hungary bilateral working group, which previously existed to provide information to for the TIP Report, was dissolved with the adoption of the National Strategy.

— D. The National Strategy laid the foundation for the creation of a National Action Plan, setting an implementation deadline of August 31, 2008. However, at the end of the reporting year, MOJ stated that the Action Plan was still being developed, with no clear indication of implementation.

— E: Aside from the gas station poster campaign, there were no reports that the GOH had taken any measures during the reporting period to reduce the demand for commercial sex acts. However, in 2007 Parliament amended the Hungarian Criminal Code to stipulate that any person who pays for sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 18 is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment up to three years.

— F. Law enforcement agencies have no knowledge of Hungarian nationals participating in international sex tourism. The Hungarian Criminal Code stipulates that Hungarian law shall be applied to crimes committed in Hungary, as well as to any conduct of Hungarian citizens abroad, which are deemed criminal in accordance with Hungarian law. Hungarian nationals can be prosecuted on the basis of this article if they commit a criminal offense abroad.

— G. An assessment regarding Hungary’s efforts to ensure that its troops deployed abroad for international peacekeeping missions do not engage in or facilitate trafficking or exploit trafficking victims was unavailable for this reporting period. According to the information of the Office of the Military Prosecutor there was no criminal procedures launched in TIP cases committed by Hungarian peacekeeping troops.


— A. Both the NBI and the Hungarian Consular Service established good cooperation with their partner authorities in Austria, the Netherlands, SWITZERLAND, and Italy. As mentioned previously, the government relies heavily on the expertise and services provided by IOM and the two faith-based organizations managing trafficking victim shelters.

— B. The government currently exchanges information in investigations and in consular cases with other countries, principally with Austria, Italy, The Netherlands, SWITZERLAND, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Spain, Germany, Slovenia France, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
Though the government participates in the EU-funded transnational project on the fight against trafficking in human beings, they do not provide financial assistance.


There were no reports of child soldiers in Hungary.


3. Post nominates Deputy Head of Department for Gender Equality of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Mrs. Iren Duani Adam as the 2010 TIP Hero. Mrs. Adam has demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to improving victim’s assistance services provided by the government of Hungary. She has been an active member of the TIP working group since 2005 and has proposed and carried out several key TIP initiatives. Due to her initiative MSAL signed an agreement to open the first TIP shelter in Hungary in 2005. That same year, she orchestrated the operations for the crisis hotline, which refers TIP victims to assistance centers. For the past several years, Mrs. Adam has organized several training opportunities for professionals assisting TIP victims. She continues to work closely with NGOs to improve TIP victim assistance. In 2009 she campaigned for and was granted funding to establish a second TIP victim shelter, managed by the NGO, Hungarian Interchurch Aid. In addition to her achievements, Mrs. Adam continues to provided extensive information every year to supplement the annual TIP report.

Iren Duani Adam has been vetted through the Consular Lookout and Support System (CLASS). No derogatory information about her was returned.


4. Post’s POC for trafficking is Christina Hernandez, phone:
36 475-4598, fax: 36 475-4027.

The number of hours spent in preparation of the TIP report cable includes the following:
FS-03 Christina Hernandez- drafter 80 hours, FS-03 Jon Martinson- reviewer 1 hour, FS-01 Paul O’Friel- reviewer 2 hours, DCM Jeffrey Levine- reviewer 2 hours, AMB Eleni Kounalakis- reviewer 1 hour.


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