On 13-15 May 2014 the CEPOL unit in Sweden, with support from Belgium CEPOL and Europol organised and hosted CEPOL course 02/2014 ”Trafficking in Human Beings: mechanisms with specific focus on reduction of demand”. The course was held at the Swedish National Police Academy in Stockholm, Sweden.
Altogether 28 participants attended the course, representing 22 Member States as well as Iceland and Norway. Participants were joined by experts from Belgium, Sweden, Europol and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). The overall aim of the course was to facilitate exchange of practice and experience on preventative mechanisms encompassing prosecution and protection in all areas of THB. Key speakers and presentations included:
- Ms Madalina Rogoz (ICMPD) - an overview of factors to be considered in determining how demand drives THB, and possible counteractive measures. Starting in 2014, the ICMPD will coordinate a research project that investigates demand in THB and related policies from a multi- and interdisciplinary perspective. The project will bring together researchers from several European countries and is funded by the European Commission.
- Ms Andrea Hostynkova (Europol) - how current trends in THB and the ways Europol can assist THB investigations.
- Superintendent Paul Davidson (Metropolitan Police, UK) - the London Metropolitan Police response to THB, including the work done to support victims.
- Commissioner Dirk Calemyn (Belgian Administrative Police Migration Service) - highlighted gender and human rights issues pertaining to THB.
- Superintendent Kajsa Wahlberg (Swedish National Police Board) - Swedish law that bans the purchase of sexual services.
The course manager was pleased with the high degree of participant activity on the course.
In addition to the knowledge gained during the course, participants will further benefit from post-course activities, letting them keep in touch and exchange views and experiences using the Learning Management System on CEPOL’s e-Net.
“The ICMPD input was extremely valuable. I am very interested in their THB research and will be contacting them to assist when I return to the UK” - Superintendent Paul Davidson, Metropolitan Police, UK.
“I expected a difference between the countries. I realise now that we are more different than I thought. I will tell my colleagues there are lots of improvements to be made. We need to have one line in Europe and work together to combat THB. We need to get closer to each other.” - Jan Koen, Senior Adviser at the Dutch National Police Expertise Centre for Aliens and Human Trafficking (ECVM).