Our story

In May 2013, the adventure of Perla began with visits to the prostitutes of the City of Lausanne, in Switzerland. Very quickly, connections with groups of same interest took place, even with people from Burkina Faso.

We did not know much about this environment though.

We approach prostitutes in a holistic way, providing them with support for their physical, social, psychologic and spiritual needs. One of the worst suffers being inflicted to a person is slavery and being treated like object without any right or dignity:

  • We saw sensual bodies, but they had no more hope, being sacrificed on the altar of money and pleasure.
  • We saw eyes filled with fear and shame, resigned to never dream again of a better future.
  • We also saw clients without any reference, often hard hearted or broken, seeking for a little affection and attention.
  • We saw Mamas and Pimps, interested to level the conditions of the prostitutes only for financial performance’s purposes, coldly negotiating their working conditions.

As empathy and love towards the prostitutes were growing up in us, a strong conviction took root : We could not let this suffer continue to be spread and we needed to bring up public awareness about what was really happening there.

In June 2017, Perla Organization was created through the will of four persons, convinced that unity pools and multiplies strengths and efforts. Many others joined the team now, and each of them is indispensable. Thank you all for your commitment!

Our vision: Perla wants hope to be accessible to everyone and invests itself to promote respect of dignity for everyone.
Perla works for the abolition of human trafficking.

Definition

What is Human trafficking?

Human Trafficking includes several areas :

  • Sexual exploitation
  • Forced labor (including forced begging)
  • Slavery
  • Organ removal

Our position towards human trafficking is clear: we work for its abolition.

  • The International Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (1951), recognized by 81 States.
  • Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (2003, ratified by 159 states).
  • The European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (2005)

A Few Definitions (according to the European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings):

  • Human trafficking: The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
  • The consent of a victim of “trafficking in human beings” to the intended exploitation shall be irrelevant when there is human trafic according to the previous definition
  • The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation shall be considered "trafficking in human beings"
  • "Child" shall mean any person under eighteen years of age
  • "Victim" shall mean any natural person who is subject to trafficking in human beings as defined in this convention.

Our position towards human trafficking is clear: we work for its abolition.

Definition of prostitution

According to the Oxford Dictionary, prostitution is the practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment.

Prostitution is considered differently according to country regulations. It goes from being tolerated to not tolerated at all, with a wide range of different policies in between.

  • Some states adopt a policy of regulation and laws are setting frameworks. Of these, some regard prostitution as a professional activity and apply it to labor law (in Switzerland).
  • Some have a prohibitionist policy and advocate the prohibition of prostitution for reasons of morality and dangerousness. Prostitutes, pimps, even clients are considered as criminals in case of exercise (in the USA except Nevada, Egypt, China, Saudi Arabia, etc.).
  • Other states adopt an abolitionist policy. One possible attitude is that prostitution itself is not prohibited, but most associated activities are illegal, such as public solicitation, pimping, etc. (in France, etc.). Another is prostitutes are not prosecuted but their clients and pimps are (in Sweden, Norway, etc.).

In this site, the expression Human Trafficking is used when exploitation is proven. The term prostitution is used to refer in a general way to this activity or in situations where human trafficking has not been proven. The same for “persons engaging in prostitution”.

Our goals

Perla Organization is active in human trafficking.

As such, Perla aims to:

  • Provide assistance to anyone victim of human trafficking, especially sex trafficking, and to anyone directly or indirectly involved in human trafficking. The Association defends the principle of dignity for everyone, including physical and psychological integrity.
  • Provide training for individuals or organizations pursuing the same goals.
  • Develop a partnership network with any organization active directly or indirectly, at the regional, national or international level, in human trafficking.
  • Working closely together, where possible, with any political, social, religious and legal bodies in the country concerned.
  • Level public and politic awareness.

Field of activity : Perla implements concrete actions on the ground.

Perla seeks to level public and politic awareness toward human trafficking through trainings and communications.

Perla is headquartered in Switzerland, where it is mainly active. Perla also develops its activity in other countries.

Contact us here if you want more information.

 

Our core values

  • We believe that everyone has the right to live in dignity: we work to make it accessible to all.
  • We believe that human trafficking must be abolished. To achieve this, we believe that various measures are necessary: prevention, public and politic awareness, direct contact with the victims, legislative changes, communication, support of the political and religious authorities, etc.
  • We believe that people engaging in prostitution are mostly victims of human trafficking. They must be rescued because they are often unable to free themselves from human trafficking.
  • We believe that concrete action must be implemented on the ground to help victims of human trafficking.
  • We believe that a clear communication about the reality of prostitution can influence public opinion, politics and laws. Likewise about human trafficking.
  • We believe that society will be positively impacted by a change in political and religious opinion about the suffering endured by all victims of human trafficking, and more specifically by the persons engaging in prostitution.
  • We believe in a holistic approach taking into account the whole person – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
  • We believe in the power of forgiveness, given and received.
  • We believe that prayers make the difference and are efficient.