New study on gender dimension in THB

New study on gender dimension in THB

22 April 2016

A new EC-funded study reports on trafficking for sexual exploitation investigating how to understand to be ‘taking into account the gender perspective, to strengthen the prevention of this crime and protection of the victims thereof’, as required by Article 1 of European Union (EU Directive 2011/36/EU). Conducted by Sylvia Walby, Birgit Apitzsch, Jo Armstrong, Susie Balderston, Karolina Follis, Brian Francis, Liz Kelly, Corinne May-Chahal, Awais Rashid, Karen Shire, Jude Towers, Markus Tünte the study draws on data from Eurostat, Europol and UNODC. It approaches demand reduction as the regulation of prostitution, drawing on case studies of Germany, the Netherland and Sweden while also including some cross-country comparisons. They authors conclude that the ‘the changes in the legal regulation of specific forms of profit-taking from prostitution have resulted in less trafficking in this sector than in the non-regulated and illegal sectors’ and ‘that the criminalisation of the exploitation of the prostitution of others and of profit (rent and fee) taking from prostitution remains an important legal instrument to reduce the demand that drives trafficking’ The study is available here