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Signing on the dotted line: examining operational indicators of trafficking. Part 1: Contract Abuse

Our first guest post comes from John Gee, Immediate Past President of TWC2, an organisation committed to the provision of fair treatment to migrant workers in Singapore.  He has researched and authored a number of key reports on migrant worker issues, including the problems faced in accessing justice.  His two-part post for TTRP provides a robust analysis of contract issues.  Often an opaque and misunderstood process, the implications for migrant workers can be serious.  


Personal migration

In keeping with our own commitment to global migration, The Trafficking Research Project now has a presence in London.  As a result, we are hoping to broaden the scope of our work to take into account this new geographical location and the differing experiences of trafficking which may occur here.  We would welcome contacts, notice of events and relevant papers on trafficking in the UK; email thetraffickingresearchproject [at] gmail.com

Walk the walk: assisting sex workers

Policy interventions intended to address sex trafficking tend to be politically divisive, publically contentious, and plagued by a virtual absence of evaluation. For example: should prostitution be decriminalized, legalized and regulated, or outlawed completely? What about increasing punitive measures for those who purchase sex, or regulating sites of sex work (including anything from brothels to Craigslist)? In all countries, but particularly those that have legalized and regulated prostitution, does it make sense to delineate between “sex work” and “labor”, or even, “sex” and “labor” trafficking? What should be done about migrant sex workers? The answers to these questions subsequently influence a host of conceptual issues we face in framing worker exploitation and rights. Unfortunately, the prevailing view is that sex trafficking will be eradicated just as soon as we figure out how to eliminate prostitution. This perspective tends to dilute broader concerns about exploitation (and trafficking) and overemphasize what the law can do – ignoring myriad other complex factors that lead to policy effectiveness.

Noticeably absent from the conversation is a critical examination of frontline service provision for potentially trafficked persons. (more…)

Buy buy baby?

For many in the developed world, excluded from their national adoption system for reasons such as age, inter-country adoption may be one option to start or expand their families.  On the surface this system, if well regulated, seems to offer a positive outcome for both children and prospective parents.  However, as with any system involving several national jurisdictions, the potential for fraud, corruption, and exploitation is ripe – the worst case scenario being the widespread kidnap and sale of children into adoption.   (more…)