Stoptraffick ieThe Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies is a partner to a project coordinated by the Immigrant Council Ireland (ICI) entitled: “Tackling Demand for Sexual Services of trafficked women and girls- STOP Traffick”. The project is funded by the European Commission, Prevention and Fight against Crime (ISEC) programme.

Other partners to the project include the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation, Klaipeda Social and Psychological Services Center (Latvia), and MONIKA- Multicultural Women’s Association (Finland).

The overall aim of the project is to raise awareness among buyers and potential buyers of services delivered by human trafficking victims in the sex industry, in order to reduce demand for the purchase of sexual services.

The awareness raising activities will be informed by research on men’s attitude to buying sex and further informed by case studies documenting the experience of women and girls who are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. The programme will specifically target trade unions and private and public sector employers in the development and implementation of the programme to ensure its credibility, authenticity, engagement by civil society and, ultimately, its success.

A further aim of the programme is to strengthen the capacity of citizens, and civil society organisations, to challenge the demand for victims of trafficking, further influencing the reduction of demand. It will also develop appropriate referral mechanisms for buyers or ex-buyers who want to report human trafficking to the authorities, or support victims of trafficking in accessing appropriate protection and support through structured referral to appropriate services.

The ‘Stop Traffick’ Project seeks to create a transnational consortium of stakeholders who will examine strategies to raise awareness among buyers and potential buyers of the harm experienced by victims of human trafficking, in an attempt to reduce demand.  The transnational partnership, by studying patterns of demand in the different countries and legislative and policy context, will be able to inform and identify ‘promising’ practices and strategies in reducing demand.  The programme will also document the elements of best practice awareness work, with a view to identify how best to replicate such strategies at the local/member state level.

Find research report “Tackling demand for sexual services of Trafficking Women and Girls” here

Find report for cases of human trafficking for sexual exploitation from Ireland, Lithuania, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Finland here.

Access the publications of the project: All resources are available in English and the learning toolkit in English and in Greek.

For more information contact Josie Christodoulou at Josie@medinstgenderstudies.org, or visit the project website at www.stoptraffick.ie