For the purpose of combating trafficking in humans and in narcotics, in 1996 an independent service was created within the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus. In 2006, the service was converted into an agency for fighting narcotics and trafficking in humans and is made up of specialized operational subdivisions, including three levels: all-Republic, province, and region.
At the all-Republic level within the central offices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus, the department for combating crimes of morality and the department for combating international trafficking in humans were established.
At the provincial level, similar administrative units exist in the form of offices of internal affairs of the six provinces and the city of Minsk. The regional level is represented by subdivisions and groups constituting 142 local departments of internal affairs.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Belarus to the questionnaire on violence against women, February 2009