Thursday, December 7

The Government plans to allocate 204 million euros for victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation until 2026

The Ministry of Equality has taken this Tuesday to the Council of Ministers what it has called Plan Camino to fight against trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls. It is a roadmap that recapitulates all public policies for this purpose until 2026. In total, there are 28 measures, some already budgeted, which reach an investment of 203 million euros, according to the plan approved by the group of The ministers. The Government plans to undertake 20% this year and 25% in 2023.

In practice, it is a compendium of measures, some already agreed and present in approved legislation and others pending, fundamentally focused on “providing economic, labor and social alternatives to victims of trafficking, sexual exploitation and women in prostitution contexts” explains the department led by Irene Montero, which is responsible for 53% of the budget. The measures that will be developed by the Ministry of Labor bring together 41.1%, 0.5% by the Ministry of Transport, 1.9% by the Interior and the remaining 3.5% by Inclusion, Social Security and Migration.

The plan is divided into five lines of action: data collection, discouraging the demand for prostitution, detection of victims, comprehensive care and social and employment opportunities for women and girls and promoting their regularization. Basically, the Government is working on a law against trafficking that has not yet seen the light of day and that has led to a new dispute between the partners, specifically between the Ministry of Equality and Justice, which three months after the former had the draft ready, announced that it was starting the work for the elaboration of the standard.

Data Collect

The first of the objectives of the plan proposes the collection of data and investigation of a reality, that of trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation and prostitution, on which there is a lack of official figures in our country. Thus, a Macro-survey will be launched that will carry out interviews throughout the national territory and aims to give the most reliable image possible. Along with this, the development of a periodic data collection system is planned.

The priority of the strategy is to try to guarantee “economic and social alternatives” to the victims and it is intended to do so, in part, with the plan for the social and labor insertion of women and girls who are victims of trafficking and in contexts of prostitution, with which Equality intends to reach to 30,000 women until 2026. The Government already enabled 12 million euros last July with the aim of launching the plan, which is based on the granting of subsidies to entities.

discourage demand

Also to try to meet this objective, the Government is committed to creating a specific program for these women in access to public housing. “With this plan we try to help these women whose lives are cut short, to whom we want to respond especially from the attention of public policies,” said the minister spokesperson Isabel Rodríguez at the press conference after the Council of Ministers. The creation of the so-called crisis centers for victims of sexual violence, contemplated in the ‘only yes is yes’ law, is another of the incorporated measures.

Working “intensely” to discourage the demand for prostitution is another of the objectives of the plan, which the Government intends to achieve through the promotion of awareness campaigns aimed at young men and adults “with special emphasis” on tourist areas, leisure, events mass sports and on highways or roads where a greater number of brothels are concentrated. In addition, the “promotion” of sexual education and equality in all educational stages is included as a measure.

The plan also cites as an objective the regularization of victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation “as a fundamental way to initiate and consolidate the process of exit and emancipation from the situation” and the measure is proposed “in the medium and long term”. Specifically, it reads: “Explore the application of the administrative normalization channels offered by the Immigration Regulation after its recent modification, promote its application to victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation.”