Elke Sleurs provides a double subsidy for trafficking shelters this year

In 2016, State Secretary for Equal Opportunities, Elke Sleurs, provides an amount of 495 000 euro for the three specialized centers for the reception and support of victims of trafficking. Payoke in Antwerp, Pag - Asa in Brussels and Surya in Liège get, like last year, each 165,000 euros extra on top of their normal funding. That's more than double their funding compared to 2014. Elke Sleurs announced this today during her working visit to Payoke in Antwerp.

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Largest smuggling gang ever in Belgium arrested

The federal police of East Flanders delievered a major blow to international smuggling. A gang has been rolled up that smuggled up to twenty migrants a day across the Channel. Ten suspects are in custody.

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Selling people on the local market?

TONY!, a Belgian youth movement, decided to sell people on a local market in Antwerp, Belgium. In Belgium, every year more than 800 people are a victim of human trafficking and sexual or economic exploitation. Read on to see what people's reaction was.

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Human Trafficking and Art: Barcoded Woman

Her painting, Barcoded woman, artist Marcelle Hanselaar painted after reading the newspaper on the train in Zurich. It was reported that a woman was found naked and chained to the radiator. She did not speak the language of the country and has long been held as a sex slave in that little room. On her wrist a barcode was tattooed with the price 2000 euro. That was the price that she could buy herself free.

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Referral of and assistance for victims of human trafficking in Europe

The Ministry of Interior of Hungary, the Ministry of Security and Justice of The Netherlands and Payoke vzw of Belgium submitted an application „Referral of and assistance for victims of human trafficking in Europe” (hereinafter RAVOT-EUR) for Action Grants under the Programme “Prevention of and Fight against Crime” 2012 ISEC General Call for Proposals of the European Commission.


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