Human Trafficking

Monday 30 August 2021

The trafficking experience often inflicts complex layers of trauma on survivors. The abuse these people endured may have affected their sense of self and those surrounding them, often resulting in pervasive mistrust of others and interrupting their ability to have healthy interpersonal relationships. Establishing a relationship of trust with a buddy can help victims in their recovery and reintegration. In this context,  five civil society organizations from Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Spain developed mentoring programs for victims of human trafficking within the project LIBES – Life Beyond the Shelter.

Monday 30 August 2021

During the conclusion of the project, On the Road Cooperative organized an online final conference on Zoom, on 16 September 2021, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. From the story of the project LIfe BEyond the Shelter (LIBES): long-term support for victims of trafficking transitioning from shelter life to independence and its results, the conference means to be an opportunity for discussing about life beyond the shelter and future perspectives on integration for victims of trafficking.

Wednesday 16 September 2020

We met Blessing along the Bonifica del Tronto area.
She was prostituting herself, along with many other girls we meet every day during our fieldwork. It’s also thanks to your help that girls like Blessing can escape the exploitation networks, regaining their confidence and taking back their lives.

Thursday 09 July 2020

As a last event before the end of her six-year tenure and in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Palermo Protocol, the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, in cooperation with On the Road and the Municipality of Palermo, would like to convene a webinar, 29 and 30 June 2020, to promote an open and frank debate involving Civil Society Organisations and Academia on the implementation of the Palermo protocol.

Tuesday 06 March 2018

Trafficking in persons never stops. It thrives, it diversifies itself, it changes to meet the needs of different local and global markets and to counteract the law enforcement action. Human trafficking is a constituent part of it is intertwined or confused with other phenomena, including smuggling of migrants, irregular immigration, international protection, labour exploitation, forced labour, prostitution, begging. It camouflages itself in the urban landscape or it settles in the well-established places of exclusion, thus, contributing to creating a toponymous of marginalization that does not appear in any official map but it is clearly present in the work plans of the organizations providing support to migrants.

Since the early 1990s, human trafficking has gradually moved up the agendas of national, European and international institutions and organizations. Over the last twenty years, legislation, action plans, multi-agency referral systems, cross-sectoral interventions, operational tools, local and transnational memoranda of understanding, research, and budget lines have been put in place to prevent and fight trafficking and provide specialized support for thousands of women, men, boys, girls and children trafficked for sexual exploitation, forced labour, illegal activities, forced begging, organ removal. Yet, this does not seem to be enough. Human trafficking continues to be among the most lucrative criminal businesses and one of the finest mechanism of systematic violation of the human rights of its victims. Why, then, have the efforts made so far been inadequate to counteract trafficking in persons? What can be done to build effective strategies?

To answer all these questions, we organized Beyond the Midlands3, an international conference on human trafficking to discuss how to re-orient and improve the programming and the implementation of policies and measures to prevent and counteract human trafficking, and to support and protect potential, presumed or identified victims. Here you can find all the conference materials such as full videos, interviews and PowerPoint presentations organized by speaker. Enjoy!

Tuesday 06 March 2018

Vincenzo Castelli is a consultant and supervisor of projects targeting vulnerable groups and urban security for the Italian Development Cooperation Agency in Latin America, and an international expert in urban security for EU projects in Latin America. Consultant in planning, monitoring, and evaluation on interventions aimed at children and adolescents, sexual exploitation, drug abuse, migration and gender for Italian and European institutions, local authorities, NGOs, and national and international networks.