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Nordic Model Proven Effective in Fighting Sex Slavery

Nordic Model Proven Effective in Fighting Sex Slavery

Report Finds that Sex Buyer Laws Reduce Demand for Prostitution and Trafficking  European Governments Must Not Fall Behind in Efforts to Combat Exploitation    A report launched in Norway yesterday has shown that sex buyer laws are an effective measure in reducing demand for prostitution and sex trafficking.  The report, studying the effect of the introduction of laws criminalising the purchase of sex in Norway in 2009, was commissioned by the Norwegian ...

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Beer Mats to Highlight Sex Trafficking

Beer Mats to Highlight Sex Trafficking

Testimony of trafficking survivor highlighted in awareness campaign Bars urged to give their support  Statement by the Immigrant Council of Ireland     Beer mats which highlight the reality of sex-trafficking are being made available to bars to inform drinkers of the reality of the exploitation in prostitution, according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland. The awareness campaign uses the testimony of a survivor of human trafficking and is primarily ...

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Sex Buyer Laws Win Council Of Europe Support

Sex Buyer Laws Win Council Of Europe Support

Criminalising purchase of sex ‘most effective tool’ to combat trafficking Stop Traffick! Partners Immigrant Council of Ireland calls on Irish Government to respond     The Council of Europe has recognised that sex buyer laws are ‘the most effective tool for preventing and combating trafficking in human beings’ in a report which calls on all member states to consider such legislation.   The report is the latest in a string of findings across Europe in ...

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EU Commissioner For Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom Sends Message to Stop Traffick! Conference

EU Commissioner For Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom Sends Message to Stop Traffick! Conference

Cecilia Malmstrom, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, sent a very strong message last week to the participants and audience at the Transnational Stop Traffick! Conference, hosted by the Immigrant Council of Ireland at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.                      Speaking via video link Commissioner Malmstrom stated clearly that “we need to discourage the demand that lies behind all forms of ...

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Stop Traffick! Research Report Launched at Transnational Conference, Dublin

Stop Traffick! Research Report Launched at Transnational Conference, Dublin

 On the 27th of March 2014 the Stop Traffick! Research Report was launched at a Transnational Conference held at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, Ireland. The Conference was hosted by lead partners the Immigrant Council of Ireland, and heard from project partners, international experts on trafficking for sexual exploitation, and Irish and EU stakeholders.    The event was chaired by CEO of the Immigrant Council Denise Charlton, and was opened by the ...

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EU Parliament Passes Ground-Breaking Honeyball Report on Prostitution’s Impact on Gender Equality

EU Parliament Passes Ground-Breaking Honeyball Report on Prostitution’s Impact on Gender Equality

The European Parliament’s vote in favour of MEP Mary Honeyball’s Report “Sexual Exploitation and Prostitution and its Impact on Gender Equality” is a milestone in the fight for gender equality throughout Europe. The passing of the Report, which passed by 343 votes to 139, with 105 abstentions, sends a clear message from our elected European officials that the exploitation of women and girls cannot and will not be tolerated any longer- and that states have a ...

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Anti-human trafficking training to be piloted with Irish air crews

Anti-human trafficking training to be piloted with Irish air crews

    Irish airline crews, airport ground staff, port staff and other transport workers are to be offered training to spot victims of trafficking and offer them an escape from pimps and traffickers under a pilot project being developed by the Immigrant Council of Ireland and its four European partners in the ‘Stop Traffick!’ Initiative.    The ‘Stop Traffick!’ project will see air crews being offered a half day training course in an ...

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Stop Traffick! Statement on 7th EU Anti-Trafficking Day

Stop Traffick! Statement on 7th EU Anti-Trafficking Day

    In the last 7 years the 18th of October has become the day to remember the modern slavery that mars all EU Member States. It is also a day to condemn this slavery and to propose solutions to fight it. The five partners in the STOP Traffick! Initiative highlight the solution that they passionately believe will deliver results in the fight against human trafficking, and in particularly its most prevalent form – sexual exploitation. This is the ...

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Statement by Commissioner Malmström on EU Anti-Trafficking Day

Statement by Commissioner Malmström on EU Anti-Trafficking Day

On the eve of the 7th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström made the following statement: “At a time when growing numbers of victims are being identified in the EU (IP/13/322 and MEMO/13/331), we must send a loud and clear signal that we will not let their suffering continue; a signal that Europe is working closer together to address human trafficking Europe has developed ambitious policies and measures to help the ...

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GRETA REPORTS ON IRISH ACTION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

GRETA REPORTS ON IRISH ACTION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

  The first report on Ireland by human-trafficking expert group GRETA was published by the Council of Europe on the 26th of September 2013. The report, compiled following a 5-day visit of the group to Ireland last year, makes a number of timely recommendations to the Irish Government including:     Involving NGOs and other Civil Society members in the development and implementation of anti-trafficking policy, and the evaluation of anti-trafficking efforts. ...

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