European Policy Brief: The Demand-Side in Anti-Trafficking - Current measures and ways forward

European Policy Brief: The Demand-Side in Anti-Trafficking - Current measures and ways forward

Demand and demand-reduction have become catchwords in the anti-trafficking debates. Although at the level of these debates demand is predominantly understood in an economic sense – the willingness and ability to purchase – in anti-trafficking practice the concept is not consistently used. The DemandAT project set out to clarify the meaning and relevance of demand in the anti-trafficking field, as well as to contribute to a better formulation of demand-side policies in this area. The research involved a range of complementary sub-studies, including in-depth case studies on demand-side approaches in the context of trafficking in domestic work, globalised production of goods and prostitution. In addition, two further in-depth studies examined specific types of interventions addressing human trafficking – law enforcement and communication campaigns. The studies yield a series of new insights for the usage and relevance of demand in addressing trafficking.
This policy brief summarises key findings of the research and provides an overview of current measures and ways forward. For a more detailed analysis, please consult the associated working paper here.