Male and exploited? – an unknown reality

Improvements in the identification of victims of human trafficking for labour exploitation and the recognition that men can also be victims of sexual exploitation have led to increased numbers of male victims identified in Switzerland. However, there are still only a few specialised institutions and support facilities for male victims.

This series of podcasts explores the question of how to better identify and support male victims. 
Priscilla Imboden talks to national and international guest speakers as they highlight the aspects of research, law enforcement and victim assistance.
After the launch on 15 October 2020, you can listen to four more episodes every two weeks. Registered persons can ask questions to the guest speakers in the forum. - To register, please send an e-mail to [email protected].

This podcast series is produced by the Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bern in cooperation with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).
It was initiated with the aim of promoting international exchange and developing innovative approaches to combating human trafficking.

 

Picture : IOM CAR / Léo Torréton

Podcast List

Episode 5

The portugese NGO Saude em Portugues opened in 2013 a center for male victims of human trafficking. It is considered a model institution internationally and offers them a temporary place to stay along with a wide array of services to meet medical, legal, psychological and social needs of the victims. 
In this episode, Priscilla Imboden talks to Marco Carvalho. He is the coordinator of the Center of Reception and Protection for Victims of Trafficking of Human Beings of the Male Sex (CAP) managed by the NGO Saude em Portugês (Portugal).

Sound design: Christopher Hoff; moderation and interviews: Priscilla Imboden

Ask your questions about this podcast until December 17, 2020 in our limited access forum.
 

Episode 4

With Comensha, the Netherlands have created a non-governmental organizational that functions as a hinge between the various actors in the fight against human trafficking.
Brian Varma, manager of Comensha, explains the extent to which this organization serves to support male victims, how victim assistance is organized in the Netherlands and what trends can be observed with regard to the sexual exploitation of men.
Sound design: Christopher Hoff; moderation and interviews: Priscilla Imboden

Ask your questions about this podcast in our forum until 3rd December 2020.

Corrective: Please note that Brian Varma is the manager and not the director of Comensha, as erroneously mentioned in the podcast

 

Episode 3 

In Austria, a specialized support program for male victims of human trafficking has been in place since 2013.
In this episode Priscilla Imboden talks to Theresa Pribasnig (Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs) and Manfred Buchner (Head of Victim Protection MEN VIA). They explain how the specific support for trafficked men has been institutionalized and what significance this program has in the Austrian strategy against human trafficking.
Sound design: Christopher Hoff; moderation and interviews: Priscilla Imboden;

Ask your questions about this podcast in our forum until 19 November 2020.

The podcast is only availanle in French and German, podcasts 2, 4 and 5 are going to be available in English as well. 

Episode 2 

What makes it so difficult for men to admit that they are victims of exploitation? What is the exploitation situation along the migration routes?
In this episode, Priscilla Imboden talks to the Norwegian sociologist Anette Brunovskis about what she has learned about human trafficking and why men are sometimes neglected in victim assistance.
Sound design: Christopher Hoff; moderation and interviews: Priscilla Imboden

Ask your questions about this podcast until Novemer 4, 2020 in our limited access forum.
 

Episode 1

 

To date, only few court judgments have been issued in which men were recognized as victims of human trafficking and where the perpetrators were held accountable for their crimes. In this episode, Priscilla Imboden speaks with the Bernese prosecutor Annatina Schultz about why it is difficult to uncover such cases and convict the perpetrators.

 

Sound design: Christopher Hoff; French voice: Camille Degott; moderation and interviews: Priscilla Imboden

 

Ask your questions with regards to this episode until 22 October 2020 in our forum

The podcast is only availanle in French and German, podcasts 2, 4 and 5 are going to be available in English as well. 

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