IOM Helsinki hosted Turkmen Counter-Trafficking delegation's study trip to Finland

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

IOM Helsinki hosted a Turkmen delegation interested in the Finnish counter-trafficking work on 6.-11. June 2016. The visit, which was organised in cooperation with the IOM office in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, focused on providing the delegates with tools and means to carry out and execute the Turkmen National Action Plan against Human Trafficking which was adopted in March 2016. The delegation consisted of senior officers from different Turkmen ministries and the Turkmen parliament, The Mejlis.

The delegation visited several key counter-trafficking actors in Helsinki, including NGOs Victim Support (Riku) and Pro-tukipiste (non-profit organisation, which promotes and supports the fundamental and human rights of those currently or previously involved in sex work), the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri), Finnish police and the Human Rights Centre. The delegation also met with the National Counter-Trafficking Coordinator and the representative of the Office of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking of Human Beings. The study trip included also a visit to the National Assistance System for Victims of Trafficking in Joutseno in South-Eastern Finland. During the visits, the delegates actively participated to discussions on the prevention, prosecution and protection and gained insight to the key counter-trafficking components in Finland.