How much? A pilot study on the demand for trafficked prostitution
Foundation ISMU, Italy
€ 201 000 (€ 120 000 of EU support)
December 2005 — November 2007
Erasmus University — Rotterdam; National Institute of Criminology, Bucharest; National Council for Crime Prevention — Stockholm
Objectives and results
The project aim was to carry out research on Italy, the Netherlands, Romania and Sweden in order to:
- profile the demand for prostitution (clients)
- understand the forces that drive the demand (legislation, socio-cultural factors, etc.)
- compare the characteristics of the demand in the different countries
- assess the transferability of best practices to other countries and suggest new customised ways to reduce the demand.
The research used an ethnographic approach, with qualitative and comparable data. On-the-spot interviews with clients and police officers were carried out. Written content on Internet chat rooms was analysed, and countries were compared in terms of how legislation, social programmes and socio-economic factors affected the demand. This analysis was accompanied by description of national legislation on migration, prostitution and trafficking in human beings.
Publications and other resources
- Final research report (a), also published in December 2008 by Springer with the title Prostitution and Human Trafficking, (Di Nicola, A.; Cauduro, A.; Lombardi, M.; Ruspini, P. (Eds.), 2009 (table of contents in the annex)