Human trafficking and sexual exploitation of girls is often precieved as something happening in a distant and hidden part of our society. But every day, all over Europe, girls are victims of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, not rarely in plain sight.
The Global Report from UNODC shows that every third victim of human trafficking are children, foremost girls and 95% of the victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation are girls and women. Girls may be trafficked from outside Europe, from one European country to another, but also domestically within the same country. Addressing trafficking and sexual exploitation of girls requires first and foremost that the victims are identified and given the help and protection that they need – including protection from being re-trafficked, but also requires addressing the demand for these girls and ensuring that the traffickers and abusers are brought to justice.
The 2021 Awarded Members are all dedicated experts in the fight against trafficking and sexual exploitation of children in Europe. An exceptional group of 10 organizations have been composed, out of the 90 nominees from 27 different countries, and together they have more than 100 years of experience in the field. We are extremely proud to have these organizations selected and we look forward to supporting their courageous and impactful work, says Jacob Flärdh, Secretary General, Child10.
ASTRA is a local grassroot organization dedicated to eradicating all forms of human trafficking and exploitation. ASTRA was the first actor to raise the issue in Serbia. They practice a holistic approach to human trafficking, deals with all forms of exploitation, and assist all categories of survivors: women, children, and men. For more than 20 years, ASTRA has worked simultaneously on providing direct support and assistance, on education and raising awareness, on advocacy, research, and networking in Serbia.
eLiberare is a Romanian organization focused on preventing human trafficking & sexual exploitation. Their goal is to give people tools to prevent human trafficking in their own communities. Their work consists of five priorities: prevention education, capacity building, external assistance, strategic advocacy and awareness events. One of their campaigns is called Bani pe Bune and consists of a recruitment site for fake jobs created to inform people of the dangers of jobs that look “too good to be true”.
Ellencentret is part of the non-profit foundation 1000möjligheter, based in Stockholm, Sweden. For more than ten years they have been working with young people subjected to prostitution and trafficking targeting young people up to the age of 25. They provide help, advice and therapy through their national chat helpline and in their help and trauma-center in Stockholm. They also offer legal advice through collaboration with lawyers and educate professionals on the subject of young people in sexual exploitation.
Footprint to freedom
Footprint to Freedom is a survivor-led organization inspired by a survivor of human trafficking, Malaika Oringo that believes that an empowered survivor makes traffickers vulnerable. They work to address trafficking in human beings in the Netherlands and East Africa with the purpose to equip survivors with tools to take the lead in the fight against human trafficking. Their work is focused on six-interlinked approaches: Prevention, Education, Empowerment, Engagement, Reintegration, and Advocacy.
Iroko Onlus is an international NGO with headquarters in Italy and offices in Italy, Nigeria and the UK. They have for more than 20 years provided services and support to victims and survivors of sex trafficking, prostitution, and pornography with a special focus on trafficking for sexual exploitation from Nigeria. Their work falls broadly into three categories: direct service provision, advocacy and prevention. Their preventional work is supported by a short documentary film called “Journey of no return”.
Germany, Austria and Norway
lightup is an international youth movement, consisting of three independent national organizations – based in Germany, Austria, and Norway. Their vision is a world where every person lives free from human trafficking and exploitation – because people are priceless. They are youth-led, human rights-based organizations, existing to address the structural causes of human trafficking rooted in global injustice. They empower youth to rise up for change and provide a platform for their ideas, talents and skills.
MARTA Centre is a civil society organization in Latvia that works to achieve equality between women and men on a daily basis. MARTA Centre provides support to women and children that have been victims of domestic violence and human trafficking by providing social services, psychological and legal assistance and developing methods to make the support efficiant. The association also pursues violence and sexual exploitation prevention by working with youth and men.
Novahuset is an organisation against sexual violence that is based in Linköping, Sweden. Novahuset consists of three parts – support, preventative and outreach work. They support victims of all ages and genders, relatives and professionals via chatt, email, and counselling. In the preventative part of the organisation they meet around 10 schoolclasses in the ages of 10-18 every week and talk about internet, sex and sexual violence.
Novi Put was established in 2010 by women with long previous anti-trafficking experience. Their main objectives are prevention and combating human trafficking, gender-based violence and child abuse. The Association is a member of the core Regional Monitoring Team for anti-trafficking and participates in drafting and reviewing relevant State Action Plans and Strategies aimed for prevention of human trafficking. They have been implementing anti-trafficking programs comprised of education and prevention activities among categories vulnerable to human trafficking.
Vatra Psycho-Social Center’s activity dates back to 1999, aiming at preventing trafficking in human beings, domestic and gender-based violence and social-economic empowerment of victims of these phenomena through information, education, advocacy, and social residential and community services in Albania. Their main activities are focused on preventing through awareness, reintegration services for victims, access to justice support for victims, capacity building for state and non-state employees and advocacy to governmental institutions.