12 anti-trafficking NGOs criticise Mary Honeyball report

La Strada International (LSI), the European NGO Network against Trafficking in Human Beings, and its partners in the LSI NGO platform – who are united against trafficking in human beings, have issued a statement strongly opposing the report by the FEMM committee that was drafted by Mary Honeyball. The report on ‘sexual exploitation and prostitution and its impact on gender equality’ calls for the so-called ‘Swedish Model’. The report claims that criminalising buyers and not sex workers is the only policy that successfully combats human trafficking and that protects the rights of trafficked persons.

The partners of La Strada International have worked with and supported many women and men who were trafficked in the sex industry. In their experience, criminalisation does not solve any of the problems that trafficked women and men face, nor does it prevent or stop human trafficking.

The group of 12 anti-trafficking NGOs criticise the report for its failure to recognise the damage that the criminalisation of sex work causes to the rights and health of sex workers not to mention the failure of criminalisation of sex work to prevent and stop human trafficking in the many industries that it occur in.

You can read the rest of the statement here