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Thursday, May 27
 

17:00 CEST

Prostitution networks crossing borders
- how we uncovered pimping networks, violence, and system failure in Poland and Denmark

Through an investigative corporation between the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and TVN in Poland, two reporters uncovered how pimps have been able to run brothel networks across Denmark, where they recruit prostitutes online and circulate them around houses and apartments to maximize earning - without anyone intervening.
These prostitution networks include a Polish brothel gang, called "Braciakow," led by three brothers. Several years before they entered the Danish brothel market, the brothers were indicted by the Polish authorities for a number of crimes including forcing women into prostitution and for abusing the women and attacking competitors. The brothers have encouraged/pushed some of their prostitutes to tattoo themselves with phrases like "Faithful bitch" and "I love my master and ruler Braciakow".
In the middle of the trial, the brothers left Poland - and started a new network of brothels in Denmark. They did so until 2017 when a Polish woman burned to death in a brothel in Aalborg, and the brothers were charged with ordering the arson. Today, four years later, the trial in Poland has just started.
The story of the brothel networks in Denmark is based on - among other things - a collection and analysis of 10,000 Danish sex ads and compared with more than 150 polish ads with job offers in Denmark. Through this, we found patterns that have made it possible to map specific brothel networks.
We go through the whole process from the initial idea, data research, collaboration, and joint research in Poland and Denmark, until final publication.

Moderators
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Patryk Szczepaniak

Patryk Szczepaniak

Reporter, TVN Discovery Poland
I am a journalist for the investigative program Superwizjer at TVN Discovery Poland. A member of GIJN member Fundacja Reporterow. I cover organized crime, national security threats, human trafficking, and social injustice in Europe. From time to time, I go undercover. I strongly believe, that constant dropping wears away a stone... Read More →
avatar for Anne Skjerning

Anne Skjerning

Investigative reporter, Danish Broadcasting Corporation
I have 10 years experience in the field of investigative reporting and currently I research and produce investigative podcast series. Special skills: Datajournalism, web scraping, radio/podcast production.


Thursday May 27, 2021 17:00 - 18:15 CEST
Online
 
Wednesday, June 2
 

17:00 CEST

Instant inspiration: Investigating corporate landlords across Europe
High demand for flats across European cities has made housing a very attractive investment. While many people can’t find an affordable flat to live in, reports of a huge increase in investment flows into housing across Europe go hand in hand with stories of abusive practices by ‘corporate landlords’, companies that buy and rent out housing for profit.
Where is all that money coming from? Who are the companies and investors buying so much housing across Europe? How does this phenomenon affect people’s lives and homes in European cities?
During a period of more than seven months, a team of over 25 investigative and data journalists and visualisations experts from 16 European countries, have been working on the cross-border collaborative project Cities for Rent: Investigating Corporate Landlords Across Europe. The project was coordinated by the Arena for Journalism in Europe.
Hear how the project was made and how you can use the available data!

Speakers
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →
avatar for Lo Kapila

Lo Kapila

Reporter and Editor, Dublin Inquirer
avatar for Gaby Khazalová

Gaby Khazalová

reporter, Deník Referendum
reporter working for the Czech online daily Deník Referendum.
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist
avatar for Jose Miguel Calatayud

Jose Miguel Calatayud

Freelance journalist, project director at Arena


Wednesday June 2, 2021 17:00 - 18:30 CEST
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