The Nordic-Baltic network met for the 4th time in Tallinn, Estonia on 15-16 May 2008. This meeting provided the participants with the possibility to assess developments, successes and remaining challenges in their respective countries regarding support and assistance to women victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation. It further gave the participants the opportunity to share experiences, information and good practises.
The Network meeting included specific sessions on compensation to victims of trafficking, models of assistance in the region (Lithuanian and Norwegian model) and a presentation regarding victims of trafficking who decline assistance. The network further assessed the achievements and benefits of the Nordic-Baltic network, which now has existed for over 2 years, and discussed possibilities to continue the cooperation after the pilot phase of the Nordic-Baltic pilot project, which comes to an end in 2008. Among the priorities identified for the future were the continuation of the network activities, training seminars, and the need for continued funding for shelters and assistance for women victims of trafficking in the Baltic countries. The network members moreover called for intensified work against the demand for women in prostitution.
The network had the great pleasure to hear presentations about the work on support and assistance to women victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation in Estonia, held by Estonian shelter personnel on 15 May. On 16 May a press conference was held. Please see the press statement, in English and Estonian, below.
Agenda for the Nordic-Baltic network meeting
Press statement (Eng) to the press conference in Tallinn 16 May
Press statement (Est) to the press conference in Tallinn 16 May
Presentation to the press conference by the Deputy Secretary General on Family and Social Policy, Mr Riho Rahuoja, Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia