The main objective of TAMPEP is to reduce the HIV vulnerability of migrant and mobile sex workers through the development, exchange, promotion and implementation of appropriate policies and interventions across Europe.
It is internationally acknowledged that human rights form the basis of the response to HIV and sex work as stated in the 2005 UNAIDS policy position paper on ‘Intensifying HIV prevention’. The TAMPEP project will contribute to the implementation of the action: ‘3.2.3. Integrative approaches on lifestyles and sexual and reproductive health: HIV/AIDS’ of the public health programme work plan 2006.
The combination of community-based research, targeted intervention and advocacy alongside the principle of direct participation of sex workers in the design, development, execution and evaluation are the key elements of the methodology. The stages of the methodology combine: national and European mapping of prostitution, assessment of changes in sex workers’ populations and situations and their needs; survey on legal framework and policy development; actual interventions; evaluation and adjustment of the interventions to environmental changes; creation of models of intervention and tools, while adapting them to specific groups and settings in various member countries; implementation and assessment of effects of scaling up HIV/AIDS strategies within the European context with common indicators and survey methods at national, subregional and European levels.
A pan-European response to legal, health and social care needs of (migrant and mobile) sex workers in a framework of cooperation between 26 partners.
Strengthening the capacities of service providers and community-based organisations for effective interventions and strategies for HIV/STI prevention among (migrant and mobile) sex workers and their clients.
Comprehensive and updated assessment of the prostitution scene through qualitative and quantitative data gathered across the network of 25 countries, a network which has the role of a European expertise centre within the enlarged Europe.
Comprehensive and updated assessment of legal framework regarding migration, sex work, and HIV/STIs at national and European levels, focusing on legislation and policy that impact either positively or negatively on sex workers’ ability to access information and services. 104 Health determinants
Exchange of experiences and skills within the network and beyond through the production of a European good practice manual with examples of comprehensive intervention strategies adaptable to various settings and countries.
Strengthening referral routes to health- and social care services for migrant sex workers through the development of a new Internet resource: a website with a directory of health and social care services accessible to migrant sex workers and information for various stakeholders.
Exchange of skills and experience in relation to cross-border prostitution at bilateral and regional and European level, thereby enhancing the capacity of health and social care service providers to respond to the needs of sex workers in this particular environment.