Organisational info and survey on trafficking in women

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and in society as a whole. Special focus is put on disadvantaged women
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</bigger></fontfamily>The trafficking project

In order to facilitate regional mobilisation and co-operation the
Foundation of Women's Forum has initiated a project, financed by the
Swedish Foreign Affairs Ministry, on trafficking in women and girls for
the purpose of sexual exploitation and/or prostitution. The focus is
initially on the Nordic and the Baltic States, Russia and Belarus. The
first phase of the project is a survey with the two-fold objective of:


1. Identifying organisations, research institutions and government
institutions, which work or would like to work against trafficking in

2. Identifying what needs to be done in the region in terms of preventive
and rehabilitative measures

The second phase is planned to focus on preventive and rehabilitative
measures in accordance to the needs and thoughts expressed by the
organisations, institutions and authorities, answering the survey. The
findings of the initial part of the project, the analysis of the attached
questionnaire, will be distributed to the organisations and other
relevant institutions.

The information gathered in the framework of this project will be
continuously presented on the trafficking project's web site at

If your organisation/institution is based in, or have activities in, the
Nordic and Baltic States, Russia and/or Belarus we kindly ask you to fill
out the questionnaire. You can download the questionnaire at
or contact Nina Strandberg, e-mail: to obtain a questionnaire. Please print out the questionnaire relevant to your organisation, fill out and send it to the address on the questionnaire. We would very much appreciate if you could assist us by distributing the questionnaire as widely as possible. If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to a more extensive collaboration and thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Ylva Sorman Nath, Head of Unit, Intercultural Affairs

Ms Nina Strandberg, Project Manager, e-mail:

Ms Helena Josefson, Project Manager, e-mail:

Phone: +46 8 200 800 Fax: +46 8 200 830


Q Web Sweden - Women's Empowerment Base

Kungsgatan 65

S-111 22 Stockholm


Phone: +46 8 200 800

Fax: +46 8 200 830
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Subject: Re: Article: Foreign Women Arrested in Spain
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 10:29:27 +1000
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Gillian wrote:

 It highlights
> the typical State response of arresting and detaining foreign women on
> of illegal migration, rather than investigating and prosecuting the
> human rights abuses identified, such as debt bondage and other
> practices.

I want to challenge the concept of 'debt bondage and other slavery-like
practices.' Changing the language does not change how governments deal
with these workers and in fact I really don't know what it would achieve.
Most countries already have laws in place in their criminal codes to deal
with sexual exploitation, kidnapping, unlawful confinement and deprivation
of liberty, obtaining financial advantage by deception and of course there
are migration related offences. The addition of new offences (for example
on sex slavery) place too much focus on the sex industry and continues to
perpetuate stereotypes about this sort of behaviour only occurring in the
sex industry. If one is going to really try and make a difference we
should all be advocating for the decriminalisation of sex work and the
acknowledgment of sex work as an occupation. This opens up the possibility
of labour migration for the purposes of working in the sex industry
occurring with the same rights for migrant workers as local workers. This
approach also frees up the money which is currently wasted on busting sex
workers, detaining them and then deporting them. Ultimately this approach
only adds to the human rights violations that these workers experience and
does nothing for them or preventing the movement of sex workers across
borders. When considering solutions and approaches we must consider the
impact on the workers themselves. It is an unfortunate thing that many
well meaning people have called for increasing legilative measures on the
issue of trafficking, sex slavery, etc but these calls have quite often
ended up with the "victims" being put further at risk.
Where sex workers have been coersed they should be helped to return to
their countries of origin if they so wish.
Sue M

> April 18, 1998
> SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) - Police have broken up a criminal
> that allegedly lured dozens of foreign women to Spain and forced them to
> as prostitutes, authorities said Saturday.
> Police arrested 15 people, mainly Spaniards, who ran the business, as
well as
> 20 alleged prostitutes, who were charged with illegal immigration. No
> were released.
> Police made the arrests after raiding brothels in several cities in the
> northern region of Galicia and in neighboring Leon province.
> The women were believed to have been recruited in the Dominican Republic,
> Brazil, Colombia, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria with promises of
> jobs in Spain, said a spokesman for the national police.
> They were allegedly forced to work as prostitutes after being ordered to
> off recruitment and transportation fees of about $1,300 each, the
> said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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Date: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 12:07:47 +0700
From: GAATW <>
Subject: RE: Campaign against the Human Rights Violation of Thai Women
  bby the Thai Embassy and Canadian Government


Dear Friends,

First of all we would like to thank all of you who support us on the
"Campaign against the Human Rights Violations of Thai Women by the Thai
Embassy and Canadian Government".

We would like to inform you that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has replied
to our letter on 6 May 1998. According to them, the two women were sent to
court on 27 April 1998 and each was fined for 1,000 Baht (US$ 25) for the
fault of using the other's passport. The Ministry is co-operating with the
Public Welfare Department to reimburse the amount that the support group in
Canada has spent on the two women.

They are also in the process of forming a consular department responsible
for co-ordination services to Thai people abroad.

We will monitor the case to ensure that all these are being implemented and
we will keep you inform about the progress.

Once again thank you for your solidarity support. This could not happened
without your concerns.

Foundation for Women
Global Alliance against Traffic in Women

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