Protection for victims of human trafficking or smuggling
When are you considered a victim of human trafficking?
If you are staying in Belgium, do not have Belgian nationality and are in more than one of the following situations:
- You have ended up in a different situation to what you were promised.
- You are forced to do things you don't want to do.
- Your wage is much lower than what you were promised. You are not paid, or paid very little, for the work you do.
- You are obliged to work by the people who brought you here, to pay for your trip.
- You or your family are threatened, and/or you are the victim of violence.
- Your documents have been taken or are being withheld.
- You are confined. You live in isolation from the outside world.
- You ended up in Belgium after a long journey, for which you had to pay a lot of money, you were a victim of violence or your life was at risk.
What protection is there for victims of human trafficking?
As a victim of human trafficking, you can obtain residency status, on condition that:
- You cooperate with the investigation into these offences.
- You have no further contact with the perpetrators of these offences
- You agree to be supported by one of the three specialised reception centres in Belgium:
- in Brussels: PAG-ASA
- in Antwerp: PAYOKE
- In Liege: SÜRYA
Support in reception centres
The three reception centres help victims with:
- safe shelter
- medical and psychological support
- legal assistance
Do you need urgent help, or are you in danger? Call the emergency number 101 or 112.