SecuCities Women: Trafficking in women for the purpose of sexual exploitation and transborder cooperation, 1999-2000
In the framework of the STOP programme of the European Commission
The project’s objectives were multiple:
i)To give form and content to cross-border co-operation through a twinning between cities of origin (cities of Central and Eastern Europe) and destination cities of women (Western European cities) victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
ii)To assist the cities of Central and Eastern Europe in setting up actions aimed at:
– information and awareness of women (potential victims) to the risks incurred in the countries of destination
– organising the accommodation and social reintegration of victims while ensuring their security,
– the fight against recruiting practices and methods used by organised-crime networks,
– the activation of an urban security coalition recording this type of topic.
iii) To perpetuate joint East-West relations.
Two correspondents from the destination city (a representative from an association and an institutional representative) spent a week in the city of origin, accompanied by the EFUS project leader. In each Central or Eastern European city, the setting up of a joint local coalition was encouraged in order to establish a local prevention plan integrating the elaboration of prevention messages.
Seven European destination cities were involved: Brussels and Antwerp (B), Nice (F), Bologna (I), Vienna (A), Frankfurt (D) and Heerlen (NL).
Seven cities of Central and Eastern Europe were also involved: Brno (CZ), Györ (H), Lódz (PL), Vilnius (LT), Kiev (UA), Sofia (BG), Kuçova (AL).
A meeting between the destination cities and the cities of origin enabled to establish the following twinning : Brussels (B)-Sofia (BG); Heerlen (NL)-Lódz (PL); Antwerp (B)-Kiev (UA); Frankfurt (D)-Brno (CZ); Nice (F)-Vilnius (LT); Bologna (I)-Kuçova (AL) and Vienna (A)-Györ (H)
The conclusions of the project can be found in the EFUS publication: EFUS, Trafficking in women for the purpose of sexual exploitation and transborder cooperation, 2003