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Prevention and combating of trafficking in human beings

To date, the following activities were implemented:

Information Counter-Trafficking Preventive Campaign (1999 – 2000)
Seminar about IOM Expertise in Counter-Trafficking (2001)
Applied Research and Data Collection on Trafficked and Sexually Exploited Women from, through and to Balkan Region (ARTB) (2001)
Current Situation and Security Aspects of Migration of Unaccompanied Minors: exchange of information, knowledge and expertise (2.-3. 12. 2002)
Pilot Research of the Environment of Trafficking in Human Beings in the Czech Republic (2004-2005), focused on forced labour
Pilot Research Among Customers of Commercial Sex Services in Two Border Regions of the Czech Republic (2005)
Pilot Counter-Trafficking Campaign Targeting Clients of Prostitution in Two Border Regions of the Czech Republic (2006)
Labor Trafficking Program (2006)

 

The demand side of trafficking in human beings is one of the least known parts of this crime’s process. An effective way to tackle the trafficking seems to be to perceive the clients of prostitution as those who not only create the demand for trafficked women and children, but also serve as a valuable source of information and, therefore, can help the victims of trafficking to escape from the environment of prostitution.

From December 2004 to February 2005, IOM International organization for migration in Prague has conducted a pilot research on environment of trafficking in human beings in the Czech Republic. The research was contracted by the Czech Ministry of Interior, Security Policy Department.

 

Based on IOM expertise in counter-trafficking, IOM Prague was asked by the Czech Ministry of Interior, Crime Prevention Department, to organise a seminar about the IOM experience with the issue of human trafficking with a special emphasis on the countries of origin, in cooperation with the MoI and the support of the U.

 

IOM Prague, with the support of the U.S. Government, implemented from 1999 to 2000 a very successful information campaign covering the territory of the Czech Republic. The project consisted in preparation phase and research, and the phase of dissemination of realistic information among the target group, through broadcast and information media.