Partners in the Countering New Forms of Roma Child Trafficking project (CONFRONT) will meet in Sofia on 17 February 2014 to consult a methodology on participatory research with active involvement of the Roma communities.
The research focuses on three new forms of trafficking: child begging, labour exploitation for pick-pocketing and sexual exploitation of boys. The fieldwork will take place Roma communities in as Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia.
The research methodology relies on active participation of members of the minority group in the research design, implementation of the study and analysis of the results.
The projects’ objectives are:
- To strengthen counter-trafficking efforts targeting Roma children by providing better understanding of new forms of trafficking through developing and testing new methods of participatory research and carrying out evidence-based analysis;
- To empower Roma communities to act as equal partner in counter-trafficking policies and measures;
- To enhance child victim support in countries of origin and destination by developing pilot initiatives for child victims of trafficking support and sensitising service providers and child protection authorities to new forms of trafficking and improving coordination.