Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation Releases Report on Prevention of Trafficking
Thursday, December 14, 2006 9:34 AM

The Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation has released a report entitled, Prevention of Trafficking for the Purpose of Sexual Exploitation.  report, based on research carried out between early 2006 to May 2006, used both qualitative and quantitative research to make findings. The project's objectives included:

  • examining social perception mechanisms and attitudes toward people trafficking, with a view to outlining preventive measures;
  • research on the distribution, demand and supply of paid sexual services in Bulgaria;
  • examining social tolerance to prostitution as a prerequisite for the trafficking of people for sexual exploitation;
  • exploring the social response to the above-mentioned issues of different social groups that are of specific interest for the project – i.e., young women between the ages of 14 and 20 and men between the ages of 20 and 60 as potential clients for paid sexual services.

The report examines social attitudes and related aspects, including domestic violence, tolerance of prostitution and the market for sexual services. In addition, the research examined trafficking in more detail, specifically its public perception and mechanisms used to combat the phenomenon. The report concludes by making recommendations.