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Project on Tracking Human Trafficking and Sexual Abuse of Children

It is SIAMSECT project, which has been awarded to receive grant within the context of DAPHNE II program of EU Commission that led to MONTRASEC project and makes it a “continuation” or “complementary” project. For this reason, the relevant project should be mentioned briefly. SIAMSECT is a project, which is created based on a detailed EU template for children who are missing and suffering from sexual abuse and human trafficking issues and statistical information and analysis collection plan. Therefore, the main deficiency area that the project detected is need for reliable and comparable data, analysis indicators and all kinds of other related data about children who are missing and suffering from sexual abuse and human trafficking. Hence, it was also found that there were serious deficiencies in EU Member States related to the standardization of real data sets or existing sets. Within the identified deficiencies, templates on three different areas and data collection plan were created with SIAMSECT project. Fields of templates created in this context were determined as human trafficking, children suffering from sexual abuse and missing children. In order to ensure the use of such templates in practice, the resulting benefit should be tested live in the EU Member States by converting them into a user-friendly database form. This need that arises as a result of SIAMSECT project has constituted the main core of the MONTRASEC project.

MONTRASEC project was implemented between 2007 and 2009 and total budget is 215,336 Euros. Co-financing of the project is provided by Crime Prevention and Fighting Crime Program that is being executed by European Commission General Directorate of Justice, Freedom and Security. Execution organization of the project is Ghent University International Research Institute on Criminal Policy (IRCP), which is located in Belgium.

MONTRASEC has two main objectives at a significant level. The first of these is the development and distribution of the IT platform as ready to use and statistically responsible through an integrated data collection mechanism that is created with research files of SIAMSECT project. The second objective is to develop “report display style” to be created at the center of integrated data collection mechanism and to be able to be used by National Reporters who are working in the field of human trafficking. In line with these objectives, one of the short-term consequences of the project is to create a new IT tool, which correctly defines, interprets and analyzes human trafficking case with an integrated and multidisciplinary method for the European Commission. Another short-term consequence is that National Reporters or their equivalent people who use standard reporting tools are able to present and analyze the trafficking case in a consistent way at local, national and European level. The aim of the project that it wants to reach in the mid-term is that the European Commission or European Monitoring Centre, which will be established in the field of human trafficking in the future, will be able to compare the reports horizontally, which are created by Member States.

Potential beneficiaries of the project are listed as follows:

  • All actors who have activities on the issues of human trafficking, missing child and sexual abuse of children at Local level, Member State level or EU level,
  • Police departments,
  • Prosecuting officers,
  • Judicial units serving across the EU such as EUROPOL and EUROJUST,
  • Judges and courts,
  • Policy makers in the EU and Member States

The project is composed of interconnected stages. First, the content of the IT tool was defined and at this stage, the project builders followed the model developed in the SIAMSECT research. At this stage, it was agreed that “live” data should be entered by operational actors working on the field. Therefore, when an event enters into the axis of the project occurred, the organizations caused data related to this event to be collected at the same time, both at the national level and at the EU level by uploading it into the database. On the other hand, comparison studies were made in order to maximize the analysis potential of the input data and different types of information that National Reporters use in their reports on trafficking has been classified from here. In this way, the reporting tools that were created made a significant contribution to the functionality of MONTRASEC database and has become the standard reporting tool for all member states. Finally, the studies of National Reporters working in the field of human trafficking was compared with the studies of equivalent organizations on sexual abuse and missing children. In this way, necessary infrastructural information is provided for the future support of the EU-wide MONTRASEC type initiatives.

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