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2022 Assembly

 

Update from Freedom Fund on global report on child trafficking by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

 

IOM and Harvard University investigated global patterns of child trafficking, drawing on IOM’s Victims of Trafficking Database (VoTD) that holds data on 69,000 identified victims. 18 percent were children aged 17 or younger. The analysis shows that 43 percent of child victims were trafficked for forced labour and 20 percent for sexual exploitation, with over half (57 percent) being trafficked within their own countries. It also found that children with lower levels of education were 23 times more likely to be trafficked compared to those who attended high school. 

Read the full report here: https://publications.iom.int/system/files/pdf/PUB2023-021-EL-From-Evidence-to-Action_0_0.pdf?mc_cid=99d205034c&mc_eid=0f7ba4856b

Continued focus from CARITAS Ukraine on prevention of human trafficking amongst children and youth.

 

Update from Natalia Holynska, CARITAS Ukraine.

In August, Caritas Ukraine continues its work on prevention of human trafficking with focus on prevention among children and youth. The information and preventive measures were implemented for children of different ages and in various locations like summer camps, art schools, rural communities. Moreover, in August Caritas also started a new prevention project in remote areas of 5 different regions. These activities are conducted in small towns and villages where people are less informed and more vulnerable. We also continue our work for screening of potential victims and providing them with comprehensive assistance.

Caritas also conducted a social experiment and created a short film demonstrating how easily children could be trapped or kidnapped, link below:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=602862315372320

Missing Persons’ Families Support Centre and National Association Against Human Trafficking deliver training to Lithuanian airport staff on recognising cases of trafficking in human beings.

 

Update from Natalja Kurčinskaja, Director of Missing Person’s Families Support Centre, Lithuania.

On the 22nd August 2023, the Missing Persons’ Families Support Centre Lithuania, together with the National Association Against Human Trafficking conducted a training session for Lithuanian airport staff on how to recognise cases of trafficking in human beings. This training included information on how to recognise potential victims, where to go for help, and how the disappearance of children can be linked to human trafficking. It was deemed a highly successful training!

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SOLWODI Germany – Efforts to Mark 30 th July, World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

 

To mark July 30 th , SOLWODI ran awareness activities around World Day Against Trafficking in Persons in several locations. In Koblenz, we had a stall to provide information and a display of empty shoes to symbolize the victims of trafficking. The shoes had a paper attached that looked like a price tag to demonstrate that women are treated like a commodity. However, on the paper people found a QR code that led to a description of individual cases of women.

While it was unfortunately quite a rainy day in Koblenz, somewhat reducing the number of people being around and engaging with us, it was conceptually a great activity and well received.

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SOLWODI – Violence in partnership – frightening study results

 

Dear friends, dear interested parties,

A current study by Plan International on the topic of “the tension between masculinity” is our current topic of discussion. Young men between the ages of 18-35 were informed about their attitudes towards themselves and in their partnerships. There has been some criticism of the representativeness of the study, but even if one assumes a certain distortion of the results, these are still alarming.

For around a third of men it is acceptable if there is a quarrel in the relationship, that sometimes a “shakey hand slips”. Just as many men said they actually already have done this towards women “to instill respect”.

The study also reveals otherwise frightening proportions of patriarchal and hierarchical settings. This is how 52% of the young men perceive their role in work to earn enough money. For all of the housework, their partner is responsible. 49% would like tohave the final say in decisions and 39% expect their partner to make claims of their own to cover the men’s backs. 37% want to be with as many women as possible and have sex, but at the same time, half of men reject a relationship with a woman who has had many sexual partners. 47% of respondents say that provocative behaviour by women as request cannot be understood.

The numbers of the study are quite consistent with other surveys. According to the Federal Criminal Police Office(BKA), reported cases of intimate partner violence increased by 3.4 percent from 2016 to 2021, with almost 80% of the suspects being male. According to studies, every third woman has been a victim of violence in a partnership – which, by implication, means that actually every third man has already used violence.

SOLWODI also advises and accompanies several hundred women who suffer violence in close social circles every year. For many of these women, it is difficult to break out of violent relationships. Some feel ashamed and blame themselves, as “not a good wife”. Others come from patriarchal contexts and have never learned to live independently and responsibly. Especially for women with a migration or flight context, working with those affected by intimate partner violence requires a high level of sensitivity towards the origin traditions. The SOLWODI social workers must find the balance between efforts to integrate and a respectful approach to personal values ​​and goals.

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Medaille Trust publishes Summer Magazine

 

Our partners at the Medaille Trust have released a summer magazine, introduced as follows:

We are pleased to bring you our Summer 2023 Magazine. In this edition, we report on the expansion of our Mersey safe house and our work to target trafficking at its source. The Albanian Entrepreneurship Academy has taken another step forward with the decision to invest in the expansion of a small business in one of the poorest areas of Albania. You can read about this project on Page 9. There are also two moving stories of victims of modern slavery from Albania who were locked up, abused, and exploited but who are now being supported by Medaille Trust. This year we have launched our first regional staff conferences; you can read about these on page 5. There are also the usual updates on the fantastic work being done by our staff at various services. To read the magazine click on the link below. We hope you enjoy reading this issue. Please feel free to share the magazine with your family and friends and tell them to get in touch with us at comms@medaille-trust.org.uk if they would like to be on our email list.

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