Safe Trip - Sweden launched a helpline to assist victims of human trafficking
On EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the Council of the Baltic Sea States' Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings ( CBSS TF-THB), in partnership with the Swedish National Support Operations against Prostitution and Human Trafficking ( NMT), the County Administrative Board of Stockholm and the Swedish National Centre for Knowledge on Men's Violence Against Women ( NCK), launched a collective information campaign linked to a national telephone helpline to reach, inform and assist female victims and potential victims of human trafficking in Sweden.
From 18 October 2010, Safe Trip is displayed at locations in the Stockholm area - initially, at the international airports, on the metro and commuter trains and on the street level - through which victims could be trafficked en route to exploitation. Swedish authorities, hospitals and clinics, service providers and organisations as well as embassies and cultural institutions are also displaying posters, information cards and website banners. Following the launch, the Safe Trip campaign will be extended throughout Sweden.
The information campaign carries five messages in six languages - Swedish, English, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Thai. The campaign encourages female victims and potential victims of human trafficking to call the 24 hour Swedish national telephone helpline for women subjected to threats, violence and sexual assault. The CBSS TF-THB and NMT have trained the specialist social workers and nurses operating the helpline. The helpline is free of charge, all calls will be received anonymously and will not be shown on the callers' telephone bill. Interpretation services are available.
The Council of the Baltic Sea States' Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings (CBSS TF-THB) is also hosting a research seminar entitled Human Trafficking: The Nexus Between Research and Operative Work with Uppsala University on 25 November. Learn more about this sminar in our events page.
For further information: www.safetrip.se
Call the 24/7 helpline, Kvinnofridslinjen: 020-50 50 50