More male victims of trafficking

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17 August 2007, BRUSSELS – Pavoke, the organisation that coordinates aid for victims of human trafficking in Flanders helped 121 victims in 2005. 15 to 18 percent of them were male. Last year the number rose to 143 victims, including 35 men, or 24 percent of the total.

17 August 2007

BRUSSELS – Pavoke, the organisation that coordinates aid for victims of human trafficking in Flanders helped 121 victims in 2005. 15 to 18 percent of them were male. Last year the number rose to 143 victims, including 35 men, or 24 percent of the total.

This trend is evident in the capital as well. The Pag-Asa centre helped more women than men in 2006 – this is the first time this has happened since the centre was established 13 years ago. In 2005 18 of the 64 victims were men, in 2006, 30 of the 68 were male.

"The increase is most likely connected with the increase in economic exploitation. For the first time the victims of sexual exploitation were in the minority," says Heidi De Pauw of Pag-Asa. "Last year almost two thirds of the newcomers were victims of economic exploitation."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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