Prostitution in Europe is a transnational phenomenon with all countries identifying common issues and characteristics within the sex industry.
the social and political exclusion of sex workers
the presence of local and migrant sex workers
the rapid development and change within the sex industry
the extreme mobility of the migrant sex workers
the involvement of local and international criminal organisations in organising and controlling parts of the sex industry across Europe. It is therefore important to establish and maintain collaboration and cooperation across Europe.
TAMPEP (European Network for HIV/STI Prevention and Health Promotion among Migrant Sex Workers) has been funded since 1993 in response to the needs of migrant sex workers in Europe based on the principles of the protection of human rights and the direct representation of sex workers.
TAMPEP is an international networking and intervention project operating across Europe, including countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
TAMPEP aims are:to advocate for the human and civil rights of female and transgender migrant sex workers;
to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, experience and good practice amongst members
to develop and implement effective strategies of HIV and STI prevention amongst migrant sex workers across Europe.
TAMPEP members runs targeted projects for migrant sex workers in co-operation with organisations in the countries of origin, transition and destination. Programmes of social protection are integrated in our health promotion activities and are based on the principle of self-determination and empowerment of the person. Through this work TAMPEP has demonstrated that HIV/STI prevention among migrant sex workers is feasible. TAMPEPmembers have directly contributed to primary prevention through facilitating access of migrant sex workers across Europe to appropriate legal, health and social care services.
TAMPEP’s experience and expertise in combating the social exclusion of migrant sex workers has strengthened the national response within participating countries through facilitating the exchange of knowledge and models of good practice in relation to HIV/STI prevention amongst migrant and sex work projects and has strengthened the international response through cooperation with international agencies in identifying appropriate strategies and influencing policy development in relation to the needs of migrant sex workers. In addition TAMPEP members have participated in social programmes combating violence against sex workers and vocational/educational training for sex workers supported by the European Commission and national governments. The internationalisation of prostitution and the national and trans-national mobility of sex workers requires cooperation on a European level if the human and civil rights of sex workers and public health interests and to be protected.