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Patsy and Human Trafficking in Sint Gillis-Waas

When people her the name “Payoke” most think immediately of Patsy Sörensen and the shelter she created for prostitutes in Antwerp. But Payoke is much more than that. In the last 30 years, Payoke has gained recognition as one of the most important Belgian exports. 

In more than 70 countries, Payoke has shared its expertise with local authorities and organisations sharing its expertise on how to set up a successful shelter and how to create effective anti-trafficking laws and strategies. The Belgian model has become well-known for the cooperation between the police, the judiciary, the immigration authorities and the specialized shelters. Thanks to this model, victims receive statutory protection and in general, it allows faster detection and investigation of criminal organizations involved in THB. 

“The Payoke Way” a published guide is recognized as the international standard for the creation of shelters. On this evening Patsy Sorensen will share knowledge on human trafficking and the work of Payoke. 

Only 50 tickets are available 

The funds will contribute to the continued success of Payoke. 


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12 euros per ticket 

Please pay to Account # BE34 973117375690 BI ARSPBE22 from Maria De Wert. Please mention Payoke, your name and the number of tickets desired.

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