Seminar Trafficking in women nowadays: Nigerian women victims of trafficking in Spain

Within the framework of the EU-funded project BINIs – Best practices in tackling trafficking Nigerian Route, Spanish NGO and partner Movimiento por la Paz -MPDL- organised the seminar Trafficking in women nowadays: Nigerian women victims of trafficking in Spain on 26 April at University Carlos III in Madrid.

In collaboration with the Institute on Gender Studies from Carlos III University and Proyecto Esperanza, Movimiento por la Paz gathered experts and students at this event aimed at addressing the situation of the trafficking in women in Spain, tackling the context, causes and routes, while highlighting the main ways of fighting against it and providing of assistance to victims.

Professor from Carlos III University Tania Garcia Sedano, Head of Women’s Area at Movimiento por la Paz Begoña Serrano, General Coordinator at Proyecto Esperanza Marta González and Captain of Guardia Civil Vicente Calvo approached the topic from different perspectives while exchanged best practices regarding the identification, protection and integration of the victims within the asylum and migration process.

Furthermore, Researcher Marili Parissaki provided an overview of the first results of the conducted study Best practices in tackling trafficking Nigerian route in Spain, whichwas launched with the final data and analysis on 30 July, World Day against Trafficking in Persons, with a very positive coverage in the Spanish media. As collected within the research, identification and protection of victims are very difficult processes. According to the Intelligence Centre against Organised Crime, and despite the scarce data, 436 women in risk were identified in Spain in 2010, but only 51 were detected as victims of trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation. In addition, integration within the hosting society is complicate due to the lack of personal and social tools, such as knowledge of the language, schooling or self-steem, among others.

But despite all difficulties, there are initiatives and projects that play an important part in identification, protection and integration of Nigerian women victims of trafficking in Spain, while collaboration among police and social mediators is being improved, and specialisation of provided services and assistance enhanced. Movimiento por la Paz MPDL is a nonprofit organisation founded in 1983 with headquarters in Madrid. Human Rights, Womens Rights, Migration, International Protection and Education for Peace are the main areas of our work.

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