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May 7, 2021

Blunt indifference: Child traffic victims evicted from centre

Romania’s only centre assisting children, victims of trafficking is to be evicted today, although the court case dealing with property ownership is not over, ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ daily informs.

Insensitive to civil society’s arguments and to the future of the several tens of children victims of trafficking in human beings who are accommodated at the ‘Gavroche’ centre in Bucharest, Bucur Obor company managers are determined to evict tenants. Manager Gelu Manea says he has already made arrangements for the children to receive temporary shelter at centres run by various NGOs, at the company’s expense.

‘What will happen to children who are waiting to be repatriated from Western Europe where they are used to beg, to commit criminal offences or to be sexually abused is a matter for the authorities to solve. We have tried to find solutions for these children. We have already received positive answers from associations that are willing to take them in. At our expense, naturally’, Manea claims.

Sector 2 Mayor Neculai Ontanu hopes to find a new building to move the centre to. ‘They have a court decision allowing them to execute the property although a different case where ownership is being challenged is pending in court. (…) We don’t have a solution yet, but we will try to find one before Friday’, the mayor explained.

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