This research explores and assesses the evaluation of anti-trafficking policies and programmes worldwide, including three international, two regional and nine national anti-trafficking initiatives. It highlights common themes and emerging patterns between a range of approaches to evaluation in this sector and finds overwhelmingly that anti-trafficking initiatives are not being sufficiently evaluated, impeding the effectiveness of anti-trafficking responses and limiting progress in combating trafficking. Urgent action in the form of adequate evaluation systems is imperative to ensure anti-trafficking programmes are effectively targeted and delivered.
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To a large extent, anti-trafficking efforts operate without a sufficient evidence-base. Ten years after the unveiling of the United Nation Human Trafficking Protocol there is still a dearth of reliable information on the scope and nature of this highly globalized crime and horrendous violation of human rights. Information on its dynamics, on its interrelations with other Continue reading
by Juhu Thukral on October 2, 2006
At the age of 17, Cathy* came to the United States from Thailand, expecting to work off a debt. As soon as she arrived, though, her traffickers demanded the money. If they weren’t paid, they said, she would have to go into prostitution.
Cathy was able to escape on her own and eventually found a job in a restaurant, but she was stressed about the money that she owed. Threatened by her traffickers, her family in Thailand had gone into hiding.
When I met with Cathy, I told her she might be eligible for assistance as a victim of trafficking given that she had been held against her will, had experienced threats against her family, and had been threatened with forced prostitution. Continue reading
By Noy Thrupkaew
This article appeared in the October 5, 2009 edition of The Nation.
September 16, 2009
This article is the first part of a two-part series. The next installment will explore alternative approaches to addressing the problem of trafficking for the purposes of forced prostitution.
Gary Haugen is cradling the padlocks in his thick hands. A former high school football player–bristly crew cut, broad shoulders squeezed into a dress shirt–Haugen has more the mien of a military man than a lawyer, although his image is in keeping with the muscular work of the organization he founded and heads. The president of the International Justice Mission, an evangelical Christian organization devoted to combating human rights abuses in the developing world, Haugen is musing over the mementos of IJM’s work in India and Cambodia. The padlocks look ordinary enough: heavy brass, a squat square one, a round one with a key. But they had once hung on the doors of brothels, until local law enforcement busted the establishments in raids initiated by IJM. Continue reading
Slavery still thrives in the US: thousands of young women are bound in servitude. Said the State Department “It is a debasement of our common humanity.” This comes upon the commemoration of the emancipation of America’s slaves known as Juneteenth.
Saturday, June 20, 2009by Chinwuba Iyizoba
Thousands of young women have been enslaved in Europe and the US because of permissive Western attitudes.
Nothing illustrates the moral schizophrenia of our age than two events in the United States this week. Today marks the anniversary of the effective emancipation of African-American slaves in 1865. The US Senate has passed a resolution formally apologising for the “fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery”. Continue reading