Payoke is a recognized shelter - and counselling centre for victims of human trafficking and victims of smuggling with aggravating circumstances. This social goal we are aiming to achieve through empowerment, collaboration and awareness raising. Victims of human trafficking are women, men and children recruited for the purpose of exploitation in prostitution, labour, begging, forced criminal activities and organ trafficking.
Patsy Sörensen is the founder, director, and driving force of Payoke. Patsy established Payoke in 1987, originally fighting for the rights of prostitutes. Today, Patsy has extended the organization to not just fight for the rights of prostitutes, but for rights of all people who have been trafficked.
After much of the traffickers in Antwerp were convicted and the area was cleaned up, Payoke attained international standing with the support of the Royal Family in 1992 and King Badouin’s visit to Payoke.
Due to Patsy Sörensen’s incessant and tireless efforts to end human trafficking, the term “human trafficking” has since been established as a concept, and human trafficking has garnered much awareness. Patsy Sörensen and Payoke are now the standard in terms of national and international legislation and expertise around anti-human trafficking.