Behind the Curtain of Exploitation. The Lives of Victims Before, During and After Human Trafficking

Location: D2.01 (Promotiezaal), Building D, Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2 1050, Brussel
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What does it take to become a victim of human trafficking? How can the dream for a better future suddenly transform in a nightmare of exploitation and deprivation of freedom? Why is it so difficult to get out of a situation of inhuman living and working conditions?

The Photo-Voice exhibition tries to answer these questions from the victims’ point of view, and offers a unique opportunity to ‘see’ what human trafficking is from the victims’ perspective: a complicated and distressing experience often too difficult to be explained IN plain words.

The colloquium Behind the curtain of exploitation, organized as part of the exhibition, will provide a broader context to the messages and scenes transmitted by the photos. The speakers will offer insight into the situations that foster precariousness and increased risk of exploitation and into the difficult path to regain the status of free human being.





Welcoming Remarks:

Prof. Paul de Hert (Co-Director, FRC, VUB) & Ms Sarah De Hovre (Director, PAG-ASA)



  • Migration and the risk of exploitation: the fine line between human smuggling to human trafficking, Ms Amy Weatherburn, FRC, VUB
  • Ways in which current legislation causes or deepens exploitation at work and possible solutions, Mr Mikaël Franssens PICUM/CIRÉ
  • On the road to Hope: Providing support and assistance to victims of human trafficking in Belgium, Ms Sarah de Hovre, PAG-ASA



The event is free to attend but as capacity is limited, registration is required. Registration should be made by Monday 5 March 2018. 


PAG-ASA have been assisting victims of human trafficking since 1994, find out more about PAG-ASA and how you can contribute to their work.

This event has been organized as part of the Exhibition: PHOTO-VOICE: A glimpse on victims’ experiences of human trafficking, which will run from Monday 5 February to Friday 30 March 2018 on 1st Floor, Building D, Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2 1050, Brussel

Photos © PAG-ASA ASBL 2017

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