Albania Mission Against
Human Trafficking

Women's Project harvesting beans in Kallmet

MARY WARD LORETO is planting hope with a human rights approach to combating modern day slavery. This challenging mission is implemented through works of justice, education, grass roots action and systemic change. The aim is to eradicate poverty, the prime cause for human trafficking.

In the framework of Broad Based Organising, (BBO), which has consisted in a series of meetings with a group of Women from Civil Society in Lezhe, MWL Women project jointly with Directory of Tourism, in The Municipality of Lezha, organized a  forum on Tourism which came out as a priority issue to be addressed by the BBO group. The main objective of the forum was to discus: how to make Lezha more attractive to tourists  with all the available resources that Lezhe cherishes. Participants from civil society and local state structures were present and gave their reflections on the challenges that tourism faces, and the lack of considering this important sector as a priority one. Successful businesses such as Mrizi i Zanave Agro tourism, Hotel Rapsodia and others were present. They pointed out the factors that have made them such successful businesses  in terms of the services they provide to their clients. During the meeting the Regional Director of Social Services emphasized the fact that tourism increases the chances of children human trafficking  which needs to be addressed further by all the partners and the community. The priorities that came out to be addressed unanimously were the following: Improvement of hospitality and services in the tourist resorts, expanding of tourist season, establishment of Tourist Businesses Union,  further more tourist guides  to show to the tourists  the religious, handcrafting, culinary, hiking, fishing and underwater tourism. These elements  are totally lacking in the region of Lezha.

Mary Ward Loreto is open to continue  collaborating with the local state structures  by providing support in  the sector of tourism in certain areas. The  aim is to impact women’s lives and children’s lives and to help them to promote better employment opportunities especially to vulnerable people. This would be a means of preventing human trafficking. 

 http://www.lezha.gov.al/web/TURIZMI_PRIORITET_I_BASHKISE_LEZHE_1126_1.php#.WQx7DolXeEd