PREVENTION OF TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
!Alarming Increase in Trafficking in Women
Trafficking in persons is a phenomenon with deep social and economic implications, especially in transitional countries. This phenomenon spreads with alarming speed, encouraged by globalisation and modern technology. Political instability and economic poverty of the countries affected by organised crime (smuggling of weapons, narcotics and people) contributes to having minor girls and women being recruited for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
After being sold, they are forced to work in sex industry and other jobs, without receiving decent compensation. In this way, rights of thousands of women from Central and Eastern Europe gets violated each year. Trafficking in women is often invisible.
Victims are hidden from the world by their traffickers. Those who managed to return home are silent due to fear and shame. They often have nowhere to go. Due to their social and financial situation, they have no alternative but to go back to prostitution.
Governmental and non-governmental structure established to provide assistance in Eastern and Western Europe reaches only a few of these victims.
1The Information and Lobby Campaign
The goal of the Information and Lobby Campaign is to present the problem of trafficking in women as a serious crime against human rights. Moreover it aims to stimulate governments to put the issue high on their political agenda and to take action. La Strada monitors both the international and national situation on trafficking, including the existing laws against trafficking in women
The Information and Lobby Campaign
2The Prevention and Education Campaign
The goal of the Prevention and Education Campaign is to empower women to make independent decisions focused on protecting their rights. In addition to targeting risk groups directly, the campaign focuses on the environment of groups at risk, by educating professionals (police and border police officers, teachers, school psychologists, school advisors, peer educators, street workers, etc.) on how to prevent potential victims falling prey to trafficking.
Activities of the prevention and education campaign
3Social Assistance Campaign
The aim of the Social Assistance Campaign is to provide social and emotional support to survivors of trafficking. Within the La Strada Program, national and international networks are created for a safe return and support to survivors. La Strada develops the policies and strategies for meeting the needs of the survivors of trafficking. It combines direct victim support with lobbying at different levels in connection with specific cases.
Activities of the social assistance campaign