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The Centre “Marta” has had more than 8 years of experience with women’s right issues. Since 2005 we also have provided assistance to victims of human trafficking. Last year we supported 20 victims. Latvia is origin and recent time also target county. There is high level of internal trafficking as well.
In the last years Latvia has been known as a sex tourism country. To decrease the number of sex tourists and victims of human trafficking, our team brainstormed a lot of ideas about what we could do to fix this problem. For our resources at that time (year 2006) the best and most realistic idea was publishing Riga’s Best Night Life Guide, an attractive and creative way to direct attention on to the action of sex tourists.
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The Resource Center for Women Marta is a non-profit non-governmental organization that provides a rehabilitation services to the victims of human trafficking, free of charge. We also provide a number of educational workshops to stop human trafficking by educating at risk women, border guards, police, judges social workers, teachers etc., about the dangers of human trafficking. We also facilitate the social integration of low-income women, provide support services and rehabilitation for victims of domestic violence, influence and monitor processes of political development.
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The Resource Center for Women “Marta” works in all levels prevention, prosecution and protection. In 2005 there was an international exhibition entitled “Trafficking” in the biggest cities of Latvia. It was the artistic way to engage society about this issue. Our specialists have organized a lot of seminars and trainings for different specialists. Also trainings for pupils were provided. We have created hotline which provides information on safe work abroad and human trafficking; also home page www.cilvektirdznieciba.lv (human trafficking) was formulated.
Our everyday work is connected strongly with prosecution we are monitor all the processes in politics and point to the weakest links and give advice.
We work directly with all women who need our services and support in difficult situations. We offer rehabilitation for victims of human trafficking, legal assistance for women suffered from domestic violence, psychological consultations, legal consultations and other services such as study circles, internet etc..