The Institute for Feminism and Human Rights and the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings hosted a one-day working seminar focusing on prostitution and trafficking in human beings in Stockholm on Monday 5 March.
The aim of the seminar was to allow the participants to discuss good practices in NGO and law enforcement collaboration to progress and implement legislative reforms in the context of demand reduction.
Representatives of law enforcement and NGO’s from Ireland and Sweden presented case studies documenting good practice in police and prosecution services collaboration with front line service providers on human trafficking investigations. The case studies promoted mutual learning and exchange between two countries that have and are building experience in a legal context where the demand for sexual services is criminalized.
Representatives of Swedish NGO’s and frontline service providers for victims of prostitution and trafficking in human beings for sexual purposes were present to share their experiences. This included representatives from the Swedish Salvation Army and Talita. Representatives of NGO’s active in advocacy for legislative change from France, Finland, Cyprus, Ireland and Lithuania also participated in the seminar.
About the Disrupt Demand project
The Disrupt Demand project, which is funded by the European Commission, was initiated by six NGOs from across Europe seeking to identify and promote best practices to prevent and combat human trafficking for sexual exploitation. The NGO group includes research organizations and frontline service providers, who assist victims of human trafficking.
Disrupt Demand is designed to supportefforts to prevent human trafficking for sexual exploitation by reducing demand. To achieve this aim, we apply a combination of legal strategy research, and fostering cooperation among key stakeholders.
Disrupt Demand recognizes the harm inherent to the international trade in human beings for the purpose of prostitution, fueled by the demand for sexual services. By reducing demand, we can prevent women, girls, boys and men from entering into the prostitution trade.
Immigrant Council of Ireland, IRELAND
Institute for Feminism and Human Rights, SWEDEN
Klaipeda Social and Psychological Services Center, LITHUANIA
Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, CYPRUS
Mouvement du Nid, FRANCE
Exit – pois prostituutiosta ry / Prostitution Association, FINLAND