Two Little Girls
Turkey is a source, destination, and transit country for women, men, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour. Trafficking victims identified in Turkey are from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Syria, and Morocco. Georgian men and women are subjected to forced labour. Commonly, foreign victims are offered cleaning and childcare jobs in Turkey and, upon arrival, traffickers confiscate their passports and force them into prostitution in hotels, discos, and homes.
Turkish women are subjected to sex trafficking within the country and in Western Europe, including Germany and Belgium. Traffickers increasingly use psychological coercion, threats, and debt bondage to compel victims into sex trafficking. Lack of protection by authorities and allegations of police violence against transgender persons in prostitution leave this group vulnerable to sex trafficking. Ethnic Roma children, and increasingly children of refugee populations, are subjected to forced begging on the street. Displaced Syrian, Afghan, and Iraqi nationals are increasingly vulnerable to trafficking in Turkey.
Turkey is rated as a Tier 2 Country by the US Department of State’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report indicating that the Government of Turkey does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so.
‘Traffickers increasingly use psychological coercion, threats, and debt bondage to compel victims into sex trafficking’
‘Displaced Syrian, Afghan, and Iraqi nationals are increasingly vulnerable to trafficking in Turkey’
Turkish Network Against CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children)
Turkish Network Against CSEC is a NGO Network and there are 43 member organizations (those members are Bar Associations, Universities and Ngo’s ) in the network from all over the country. And the organizaiton have 5 youth groups in 5 different regions and total number of the young volunteers are about 2000.
The Network implementing activities against the Commercial Sexual Explotation of Children and in this frame they are combating against the ,
– Child trafficking,
– Child sexual abuse,
– Child Sex Tourism,
– Children Explotation online,
– Child Marriages,
KEY CAMPAIGN ACHIEVEMENTS
- British Consulate conference – 51 NGO professionals aged 26-59 years old (estimated to be 30 women and 21 men).
- 12 presentations of TLG took place across a wide variety of events including at conferences, workshops, and trainings in schools, university’s, government agencies, refugee organisations and frontline refugee support agencies. This includes participants between the ages of 11-24 of which 436 were females and 140 males and participants between the ages of 25 – 64 of which 530 were female and 303 males.
The Two Little Girls campaign in Turkey launched in October and will run until 2015. We will post updates and information about the campaign as it progresses.