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Klaipeda to Host International Conference on Demand for Sexual Services June 2014
On the 19th and 20th of June Klaipeda Social and Psychological Support Centre in Lithuania will host an international conference as part of the Stop Traffick! Initiative on “Deconstructing the Demand for Sexual Services: Prevention of Exploitation through Prostitution and Sex Trafficking”. It is being organised in collaboration with member of the Lithuanian Parliament Ms. V. V. Margevičienė. The conference will discuss the demand for sexual services, explore ways of decreasing prostitution and examine practices to help victims of sex trafficking, while raising awareness about these issues in Lithuania. Prostitution is illegal in Lithuania, however, only a very small percentage of people using sexual services are penalized.
The latest research from the Stop Traffick! Initiative shows that in Lithuania individuals under 25 years old are most interested in purchasing sexual services. It is vital to communicate the importance of penalizing the purchase of sex, as legislation plays a huge role in formulating the values of young people. The hope is that by drawing people’s attention to sex trafficking the conference will help promote values of respect, dignity, equality, and healthy relationships between men and women. This conference will include speakers from across Europe who will share their experience of fighting sex trafficking in their own countries, and hopes to generate ideas on how best to reduce sex trafficking.
Stop Traffick! International Conference, March 27th 2014
The Immigrant Council of Ireland will be hosting an International Conference as part of the European-Commission funded Stop Traffick! Project on the 27th of March 2014, at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. The Conference will launch the Report produced by the project’s partners, based on their research of strategies to tackle demand for services of victims of sexual trafficking. For more details please see the Conference flyer below.
Speakers at the Conference will include Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality David Stanton, Professor Roger Matthews from the University of Kent, Professor Donna Hughes from Rhode Island University, Dr. Monica O’Connor, Venla Roth of the Finnish National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking’s Office, Rachel Moran, survivor of prostitution and author of “Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution”, as well as many more. For a full agenda please click link below.
Any queries please contact Nusha Yonkova, Anti-Trafficking Coordinator at the Immigrant Council of Ireland, on Nusha@immigrantcouncil.ie
Stop Traffick! Briefing at European Parliament
On the 2nd of April 2014 all 5 Stop Traffick! Partners will meet for a briefing of the project at the European Parliament, Brussels. The Partners will present the Report on the project’s research and outcomes as well as giving updates from each partner country.
Speakers at the event will include Mikael Gustaffson, MEP and Chair of the FEMM Committee, as well as EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Myria Vassiliadou. There will also be a Q&A session in which the partners can engage with MEPs, EU officials, FEMM members, EU-level NGOs and members of the media.