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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sweden and the Netherlands Discuss Human Trafficking Issues

Sweden and the Netherlands Discuss Human Trafficking Issues

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Trafficking in human beings constitutes a significant and growing problem, both within the EU and globally. It is thus becoming increasingly important to address the challenges, exchange experiences and for the EU member states to strengthen its capacity to act in partnership and cooperation on prevention, protection and prosecution. The Swedish Embassy in The Hague, the Swedish Institute (SI), the Netherlands National Police Agency (KLPD) and the National Police Board in Sweden jointly organized a Swedish–Dutch conference, the third on gender-equality related topics, "Trafficking in Human Beings for Sexual Exploration and Prostitution" on December 6, at the Pulchri Studio in The Hague, the Netherlands.
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The aim of the conference is to discuss and exchange best practices, to increase knowledge and awareness of the actual situation, and to identify the most effective measures to combat the problem of human trafficking for sexual purposes. Existing cases, discussions on legal frameworks and national policies, as well as their implementation and effects were highlighted at the conference, which also emphasized the importance of international cooperation with Eurojust and Europol amongst others. Keynote speakers included policy makers, police officers, prosecutors and civil society representatives, mainly from the Netherlands, UK and the Nordic countries. The Swedish Minister for EU-Affairs, Birgitta Ohlsson, also took part in this event. In connection to the conference, the documentary play "Seven" was performed, presenting six Dutch women from the field of politics and international cooperation and the Swedish Minister of EU-Affairs, Birgitta Ohlsson, (liberal) in a dramatization of authentic stories of seven female human rights activists

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