ROOT – The involvement of Organized Criminal Groups in the Trafficking of Women for Sexual Exploitation: the case study of Palermo


  • To contribute to a real comprehension of the impact of organized crime in trafficking in women
  • To prepare a transnational project directed at eradicating the trafficking in human beings (THB) for the purpose of sexual exploitation in Sicily, in a European dimension



  • Carrying out a research on trafficking of Nigerian women in Sicily and on the role of organized crime
  • An information campaign on THB issues to enable the local community to tackle and prevent THB
  • Awareness-raising campaigns throughout Sicily
  • Educational activities in schools
  • Inter-institutional activities for the establishment of a transnational network amongst territorial stakeholders against THB


  • Coordinator: CISS – International Cooperation South South (Italy)
  • CESIE (Italy)

Associated partners:

  • “Il Pellegrino della Terra” association (Italy)
  • Rankin Associate (United Kingdom)
  • NIGARS association and other public and private entities engaged in fighting THB in Palermo

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Date of the project

01/09/2013 – 31/08/2015

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