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. 

Forum addresses abuse of Cambodian migrants in Malaysia

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Multiple recruitment agencies have sprung up in Cambodia to facilitate the growing number of Cambodian women who are migrating to Malaysia to find employment as maids and house workers.  Amidst this trend are numerous reports of hard labor and abusive situations exemplified in this report.  

Research Aims to Understand Experiences of Reintegrated Trafficking Survivors

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Entering its second decade of concerted global efforts, the anti-trafficking movement has seen a number of aftercare and recovery shelters developed to assist victims of human trafficking. Unfortunately, many organizations lack the resources to maintain contact with these survivors once they have been reintegrated back into their communities.  

"I Thought it Could Never Happen to Boys"

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

When you think of a human trafficking victim what images come to mind? Recently, I searched "human trafficking victim" on Google Images and of the first ten pages where a 'victim' was portrayed, only four or five pictures were male (excluding numerous pictures of Ashton Kutcher!). The vast majority of the images depicted a young female. The international anti-trafficking movement is understandably focused on the trafficking of women and children, and while the international community is beginning to recognize that men are often trafficked for labor, we must also ask if counter-trafficking efforts are failing to address the sexual exploitation and trafficking of boys.