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The German Fairy Tale „the Star Money” by the Brothers Grimm (Revisited)

Although it is among the best known of the Grimms´ fairy tales in the English-speaking world, it is still a beautiful and powerful story about an orphaned girl who, despite being poor herself, shows a lot of compassion and generosity towards less fortunate people. She sets off in search of a better life with only …

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Labour Exploitation in the Austrian Agricultural Sector

Every year, approximately 15,000 people work as seasonal harvesters on Austria’s fields. Many of them are from Eastern Europe with little or no knowledge of the German language. The workers usually only come to Austria for the summer and are unaware of their labour rights. This is what makes the industry vulnerable to labour exploitation. …

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Victim Protection – Support and Individual Rights of Those in Need of Protection

Regardless of whether child, woman or man – everyone is entitled to full protection of their own rights. Regardless of gender, race and origin – no crime victim should have to deal with the impact of such violence on their own. Every human being has the right to information, help and support. The statutory regulations …

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WHEN THE DREAM OF SUPPORTING ONESELF FINANCIALLY TURNS INTO A FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

Men who sell their bodies are sometimes referred to as rent boys or, more commonly, male prostitutes. Sadly, a lot of people still think that prostitution is only reserved for women. Many of the affected men are from Eastern European countries. Oftentimes there are also quite a number of refugees who walk the streets. Those …

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Begging in Austria

PEOPLE ASKING (BEGGING) FOR MONEY IN VIENNA ARE OFTEN FROM EASTERN EUROPE Although forced prostitution is one of our main areas, we also deal with many other topics related to human trafficking, labour exploitation and other exploitative circumstances in which people can be trapped in. Thereby, we also look after clients who were/are forced to …

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How do people become modern slaves? – Recruitment techniques in human trafficking

It is incomprehensible to many people that human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, still exists. When we read or hear the word ’slavery‘ we inevitably think: ‚But it has been abolished! How can that still be?‘. Nowadays, slavery and serfdom are officially illegal in all countries. The first state in Europe to abolish slavery …

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How does the corona pandemic affect conditions of human trafficking?

The corona pandemic triggered a wave of unemployment worldwide. Countries that rely heavily on tourism suffered severe economic damages. In Austria, attempts are being made to provide state financial aid for many industries. Whereas the situations in other parts of Europe and the world look much worse. People who live in countries with no functioning …

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