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EWL Finnish members organise European seminar on preventing and combating sex trade

(Brussels, 15 February 2012) A coalition of Finnish NGOs and decision-makers, including the EWL national coordination Nytkis (Coalition of Finnish Women’s Associations), organises a seminar on sex trade in Finland and Europe. Entitled ’How to Prevent and Combat Sex Trade in Finland - In the Light of Practical Experiences from Other European Countries’, the event aims at assessing Finland’s existing legislation in preventing and combating prostitution-related trafficking in human beings, and learning from practical experiences of Estonia, Sweden, Norway and the EU.

You will find below the programme and practical information to register to the seminar.

How to Prevent and Combat Sex Trade in Finland - In the Light of Practical Experiences from Other European Countries

Seminar in Helsinki, at the Parliament Annex Auditorium (Pikkuparlamentti)

Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 9.30 – 15.00

How efficient is Finland’s existing legislation in preventing and combating prostitution-related trafficking in human beings?
Considering the cross-border nature of sex trade, what is the impact of Finnish legislation on sex trade in the neighbouring countries? Can the demand for purchased sex be reduced by means of legislation?
What can be learned from practical experiences of Estonia, Sweden, Norway and European Union?

Organized by

  • Coalition of Finnish Women’s Associations ? NYTKIS
  • Council for Gender Equality ? TANE
  • Network of Women Members of Parliament
  • Ombudsman for Minorities/National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings

Programme

Chairperson of the Seminar: MP Astrid Thors, Chair of Women Members of Parliament

09.30 Opening Words: Chair Sirkka-Liisa Anttila, NYTKIS

Introduction to the Themes - Professor Johanna Niemi, University of Helsinki

10.00 Theme 1: Public Space and Sex Trade

Superintendent Pia Holm, National Police Board

Comments

Director Jaana Kauppinen, Pro-tukipiste ry (Pro Centre Finland)

Project Manager Tanja Auvinen, Project Exit

Discussion

European Activism and Sex Trade - Policy Officer and Project Coordinator Pierrette Pape, European Women’s Lobby

11.30?12.15 Lunch

12.15 Theme 2: Preventing and Combating Prostitution-related Trafficking in Human Beings

EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Myria Vassiliadou, European Commission

Comments

Permanent Secretary Ritva Viljanen, Ministry of the Interior

Ombudsman for Minorities and National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings Eva Biaudet

13.15 Theme 3: Reducing Demand for Purchased Sex

Detective Inspector and National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings Kajsa Wahlberg, National Police Board, Sweden

Comments

District Prosecutor Leena Koivuniemi, Prosecutor’s Office of Tampere Region

Adviser Kristiina Luht, Chief specialist of Gender and Equality Department, Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia

Current Law Reform Plans in the Ministry of Justice - Counsellor of Legislation Janne Kanerva, Ministry of Justice

Discussion

14.45?15.00 Closing of Seminar, MP Tarja Filatov, Vice Chair, TANE

Registration is obligatory to obtain entry badge. Please register to the seminar no later than March 8th by e-mail (jarjestokoordinaattori@ nytkis.org) Please arrive well in advance to avoid queues at the security check.

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