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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Human trafficking and the "new slavery": Problems with definitions, enforcement, understanding Journalist's Resource: Research for Reporting, from Harvard Shorenstein Center


Human trafficking and the "new slavery": Problems with definitions, enforcement, understanding Journalist's Resource: Research for Reporting, from Harvard Shorenstein Center:


2014 In Human Trafficking | International Political Forum

The pressure of unprecedented globalisation has meant that human trafficking and modern day slavery are inescapable realities of our political system. From Pope Francis declaring human trafficking as a “crime against humanity” to forced labourin Thailand’s seafood industry, the issue of human trafficking has been contemplated in 2014 in a way that it has not been before. Contemplation, however, does not effectively tackle the unfavourable issue of human trafficking; neither does it halt thegrowing vulnerability of migrants in a period of brisk economic change. A new year entails a new direction, and a contemporary approach to a perennial issue.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Thailand’s Sex Trafficking Figures Suspect? - Asia Sentinel

Few issues in Thailand are as emotive as sex trafficking, which activists say is a growing problem despite the millions of dollars spent on tackling it each year.
At least 80,000 women and girls are supposedly trafficked into Thailand’s sex industry annually, some claim, with children as young as eight locked up in brothels and forced to service up to 20 men a day. Poor hilltribe families in the north are said to frequently sell their daughters into the flesh trade, seeing this as “a quick way to obtain material goods that designate social status.”
The problem, however, is that the figures simply don’t add up, nor do the horrifying, heart-wrenching stories stand up to scrutiny. Critics say anti-trafficking activists often have a “white savior complex,” are self-serving, routinely inflate statistics, deliberately conflate the separate issues of trafficking and prostitution, and in general do far more harm than good.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Burmese nunnery saves over 200 girls from sex slavery | National Monitor


Many of the events happening in Myanmar as of late have been tragic, to say the least. Despite new developments into the murders of at least 18 Myanmar nationals, and of the two Myanmar men found guilty in murdering a British official, there is actually a silver lining.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Trafficking study urges governments to facilitate safe migration in Mekong Sub-Region | Society | Thanh Nien Daily


“This is the first time we can confirm, with empirical evidence, that prevention work that relies on raising awareness is not enough. Young people will continue to migrate. It’s time trafficking prevention agencies shift the focus of prevention work to safe migration,” said John Whan Yoon, World Vision’s End Trafficking in Persons Regional Program Manager.

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