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Supporting local authorities in Turkey to raise awareness on child trafficking and trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation

Turkey 27 September 2021
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Supporting local authorities in Turkey to raise awareness on child trafficking and trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation

In the framework of the European Union and Council of Europe joint Horizontal Facility II programme and in co-operation with the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM), five grants were provided to municipalities in Turkey aiming to inform and raise awareness about prevention of child trafficking and/or trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation in Turkey!

The successfully selected grantees are implementing key awareness raising initiatives in Turkey including the the Metropolitan Municipality of Izmir; the Municiaplity of Keçiören; the Municipality of Adiyaman; the Municipality of Akcakale ; the Municipality of Arsuz.  

In order to strengthen and implement the human right’s approach and further involve civil society organisations (CSOs) in the combat against trafficking in human beings, applicants were highly encouraged and join forces and form consortia with CSOs. Hence, three local organisations joined the grant scheme, namely: the Association for Solidarity with Asylum-Seekers and Migrants (ASAM) in a consortium with the Municipality of Izmir, IVA HAGED Foundation in consortium with the Municipality of Akcakale and ECPAT in consortium with the Municipality of Arsuz. 

As of September, grantees have already initiated the implementation of their activities  which aim at raising awareness on child trafficking of all forms including sexual exploitation, child labour, forced marriages as well as trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation particularly for the groups of migrants, women or children.

This initiative is supported by the action “Strengthening the human rights protection of migrants and victims of human trafficking in Turkey” implemented in the framework of the joint European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”.