|Purpose||health and human rights of migrant sex workers|
TAMPEP (European Network for HIV/STI Prevention and Health Promotion among Migrant Sex Workers) is an international organization that supports the health and human rights of migrant sex workers in Europe. Founded in 1993, with headquarters in Amsterdam, the organization initially operated in Italy, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands. Today it coordinates a network of 26 organizations in 25 countries of the European Union, and receives funding from the European Commission as well as from national governmental and non-governmental organizations and has reached over 80 different nationalities throughout the years. Recently, TAMPEP is hosted by Pro-tukipiste, a service provider organisation based in Helsinki, Finland.
n 2017, TAMPEP was restructured into a migrant sex worker-led network that unites sex worker groups and allies in the fields of sex work, migration and health. The purpose of the network is to build stronger partnerships and to advocate for the rights and health of migrant and mobile sex workers at the European level.
The main concern of the project is HIV/AIDS prevention; it approaches the problem from a general health and human rights approach, working for empowerment and self-determination of female and transsexual migrant sex workers, and for improvements in their working conditions and social situation. The member organizations employ street work, peer educators and informational materials to contact migrant sex workers. The organization produces regular reports about the situation of sex workers in Europe.
TAMPEP's literature emphasizes the need to cleanly distinguish between the issues of trafficking, sex work and migration. TAMPEP opposes trafficking as a human rights abuse, but supports efforts to improve working conditions of sex workers and to facilitate migration.
- TAMPEP Position Paper on Migration and Sex Work (2002), retrieved 4 October 2009
- Margaret Ducket, Migrants' Right to Health, UNAIDS Best Practice Collection, March 2001
- Brussa L, Migrant Sex workers in Europe: the experience of TAMPEP, 15th International Conference on AIDS, Bangkok Thailand 2004
- TAMPEP General Presentation, retrieved 4 October 2009
- Sengupta, Somini (2004-11-05). "Oldest Profession Is Still One of the Oldest Lures for Young Nigerian Women". The New York Times.