Baltic Sea Region Information Management to Prevent Trafficking

Project – Information Management to Prevent Trafficking

The EGCC, in partnership with Save the Children Denmark, Carits Lithuania and Tartu Child Support Centre in Estonia, received a grant from the Daphne III programme to implement the project “Baltic Sea Region – Information Management to Prevent Trafficking“. The project lasted one year and mapped and identified resource persons and resource organisations that can contribute vital information on trends related to child trafficking. The project organised three expert meeting and commissioned one report.

Expert seminar: Child victims of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation – links to trafficking

On March 23 and 24 2010, Caritas Lithuania as a partner in the EGCC project “Baltic Sea Region – Information Management to Prevent Trafficking, BSR IMPT” organised the first in a series of three expert seminars with experts from the region. The expert seminar was held in Vilnius and discussed the topics of how information on children that are sexually abused and sexually exploited can be managed in order to increase knowledge on trafficking of children in the region.

The report from the expert seminar can be downloaded here.

Presentations are available in pdf:

Lars Lööf

Pernille Plog Mateika

Marcus Klein

Niracha Srinakron Andersen

Birgitte Ellefsen

Conference “Trafficking in Children: A Criminal Act Calling for a Child Protection Response”, 20-21 June 2011, Oslo, Norway

The conference “Trafficking in Children – A Criminal Act Calling for a Child Protection Response” organised by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion together with the CBSS Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk (EGCC), was held in Oslo, Norway, on 20-21 June 2011. The conference was attended by over 100 of law enforcement, prosecution, child protection, outreach work experts from all over the region as well as researchers and representatives of governmental and non-governmental services.


Speaker biographies 



IntroductionMr Oddbjørn Hauge, Director General, Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion

Welcome addressMs Henriette Westhrin, Deputy Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion

Fighting Child Trafficking: the Work of the European CommissionMs Myria Vassiliadou, European Commission, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator

Conference overview and the Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at RiskMr Lars Lööf, Head of Children’s Unit, Council of the Baltic Sea States, Secretariat

Session 1

Minor Migrants in Need of Care and Protection: How Can We Identify Vulnerable Children and how Can We Make the System Meet Their NeedsLine Ruud Vollebæk, Norway, Chairperson of the Board, Norwegian Association for Outreach Work with Youth

A UK Case Study – Trafficking of Roma Children to the UK for Exploitation, Vince Dean, United Kingdom, Tactical Adviser, UK Human Trafficking Centre

Begging – A Way to Provide or a Form of Exploitation? Christina Voigt, Sweden, Senior Public Prosecutor, International Public Prosecution Office, Stockholm

The Invisible People – You Don’t See it Until You Believe It, Rudolf Christoffersen, Prosecutor and Jarle Bjørke, Police Superintendent, Hordaland Police Department, EXIT Unit, Bergen, Norway

Outreach work for children’s protection – Social Workers in the Streets of Stockholm, Karin Norlin Bogren, Sweden, Head of Maria Youth Outreach Unit, Stockholm

Exploitation via begging as a form of child trafficking – problems with identification, Aneta Suda, Poland, Polish Ministry of the Interior and Administration

Session 2

Identifying the trafficking victims and examining the child’s best interest in the Dublin procedure: Current state of affairs and future challenges in FinlandVenla Roth, Finland, Senior Officer, Office of the Ombudsman for Minorities, Finland

Vulnerability to Child Trafficking: A conceptual discussion of risk and resilience from a holistic and rights-based perspective, Daja Wenke, Italy, Independent Researcher on Child Rights and Child Protection

Youth, migration and trafficking: Rights and challengesCecilie Øien, Norway, Research Coordinator, Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies

Protection measures and interventions for unaccompanied minors victims of trafficking housed within open shelters, Casper Smidt, Denmark, Project Manager, Red Cross Denmark

Systemic Responses to Child Trafficking – UNICEF Global PerspectiveMs Jasmina Byrne, Italy. Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre.

Session 3

Coordinated Case and Information Management as a Tool to Protect Victims of Trafficking – the Danish ExampleMs Hanne Mainz, Denmark. Danish Centre against Human Trafficking

Information Management to Prevent TraffickingMr Lars Lööf, Head of Children’s Unit, CBSS Secretariat

 Understanding the Phenomenon of Child Begging in Europe, Ms Claire Healy, Austria. Research Officer, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

Data Collection Mechanisms on Human Trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region, Mr Jan Austad, Norway. Chairperson, CBSS Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings

What are Lithuanian Children Doing in Norway? Ms Kristina Misiniene, Caritas Lithuania

Conclusions, recommendations and gaps identifiedMr Lars Lööf, Head of Children’s Unit, CBSS Secretariat