Weekly Cambodia News Roundup

Friday, July 22, 2011

I'm going to try something new on this blog: on most Friday mornings I'm going to post a weekly news roundup linking to articles I read this week regarding Cambodia and/or SE Asia. Some of the linked articles will have an anti-trafficking focus, but many will be a bit more general in nature, providing a broader view of social, political and financial happenings in Cambodia and/or SE Asia, especially as they pertain to human rights issues. So here's my first stab: 

Imperfect Data No Excuse for Inaction

Thursday, July 07, 2011

This morning I pointed to an Asia Foundation study highlighting the difficulty of gaining a completely accurate picture of the problem of human trafficking in Cambodia. This afternoon I was alerted to Maggie Neilson's piece at the Huffington Post where she responds to recent news coverage questioning the extent of child trafficking with the (not-so?) subtle implication that we shouldn't be that concerned about it. In this article Neilson nails it: "For those of us who work on these issues, we don't do so once a problem gets to a certain size. We do it because it's the right thing to do."  

What Do We Know About Human Trafficking in Cambodia?

Thursday, July 07, 2011
"How many children are caught up in prostitution in Cambodia?" 

U.S. State Department Releases 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

This week the U.S. State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report highlighting efforts and progress in fighting human trafficking around the world.  The report scores 184 countries, including the United States with a "Tier Ranking" of 1-3 based on the governments efforts to combat trafficking in persons. Each country's efforts are summarized in the "Country Narratives" section of the report. 

On the Homefront...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Equitas began by looking at global issues of justice, specifically child domestic servitude in Haiti and sexual exploitation and trafficking in SE Asia.  However, it wasn't long after researching these issues that we started to ask about human trafficking (HT) in our own backyard.  Here is a quick update on some of the recent progress that has been made right here in Tennessee...