On October 19-20, Pro Sentret gathered people from both Norway and abroad for a conference about prostitution. In celebration of Pro Sentret's 40th anniversary, the overarching theme was 'Movement: Past, present, and future in the prostitution field.' The conference took place at the Red Cross Conference Center and was conducted in English with participants from the Nordic countries and other European countries.

The first day began with a welcome from our leader Bjørg Norli. This was followed by a series of speeches - from Mayor Marianne Borgen, director Guri Bergo and assistant director Merete Hanch-Hansen.

The rest of the first day featured presentations from several knowledgeable and engaged people and organizations in the field: former leader at Pro Sentret, Liv Jessen; Ida Kock from Pro Sentret; sociologist and criminologist Mai-Len Skilbrei; and Astrid Renland from PION. At the end of the day, there were three breakout sessions to choose from: 'Chemsex and selling sex,' 'Working with Thai service users,' and 'Transgendered migrants who sell sex.' PION, Nadheim, and Chemfriendly contributed to these sessions.

Day two focused on the situation in Europe, and we heard from several skilled partners: Dose of Love (Bulgaria), Carusel (Romania), AmiAmi (Denmark), Mika Stockholm (Sweden), Reden International (Denmark), and Pro-Tukipiste (Finland).

The final day concluded with another round of breakout sessions. This time, participants could choose between 'Migrants who sell sex' and 'Children and youths who sell/trade sex.' At this point, there was also an opportunity for people with experience with selling sex to gather, exchange experiences and provide feedback on the conference.

Click here to see the full program (PDF, 1MB).