April 21, 2014


Do John Schools Really Decrease Recidivism? A methodological critique of an evaluation of the San Francisco First Offender Prostitution Program

A growing number of governments are creating “john schools” in the belief that providing men with information about prostitution will stop them from buying sex, which will in turn stop prostitution and trafficking. John schools typically offer men arrested for soliciting paid sex the opportunity (for a fee) to attend lectures by health experts, law [Read More...]

Protecting “Children” in Southern Benin? Anti-Trafficking Policy in Need of Politics and Participation

Neil Howard follows Issue Paper 5 on children and adolescents with an important story about the failures of the international child protection establishment to adequately protect the teenage labour migrants it defines as trafficked in Benin. *** Introduction and Research Context Child trafficking began to emerge as a ‘problem issue’ in Benin at the start [Read More...]

Human Trafficking for Organ Removal: Evidence from Egypt by Debra Budiani-Saberi

Human trafficking for organ removal (HTOR) occurs across the globe and constitutes egregious human rights abuses. The crime is included in the UN Trafficking Protocol and is the subject of the 2008 Istanbul Declaration on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism.  In a recent report, Sudanese Victims of Organ Trafficking in Egypt, the Coalition for Organ-Failure [Read More...]

Lack of Transparency in Recruitment Spurs Trafficking, by Cathleen Caron

Labor migration schemes around the world are typically created to fit the needs of employers, and rarely support and protect the rights of the migrant workers. In my article, “Why Transparency in the Recruiter Supply Chain is Important in the Effort to Reduce Exploitation of H-2 Workers,” I propose one means to reduce worker vulnerability [Read More...]

Addressing the Demand Side of Trafficking, by Phil Marshall

This paper briefly raises some issues around the demand side of trafficking, initially focusing on demand relating to exploitative labour practices and then discussing issues around demand contributing to exploitation for sexual purposes. It is very much an opinion piece, intended to promote discussion. The demand side of trafficking has started to attract more attention [Read More...]

Where is the Village to Raise these Children? by Ann Jordan

The U.S. just finished celebrating Thanksgiving, a day for family, friends, lots of food, and time to be thankful for people and events in our lives. However, in the U.S. not everyone has a lot to celebrate. The holiday made me wonder about the type of meal and family the homeless children of America are [Read More...]

US State Department Fails to Produce Evidence for its ‘Fact Sheet’

In September, 15 academics and advocates wrote to the State Department’s Trafficking Office to request reliable evidence in support of statements made in the document: “Prevention: Fighting Sex Trafficking by Curbing Demand for Prostitution.”  The Trafficking Office recently responded but, to our disappointment, it was unable to present even one piece of reliable research in [Read More...]

Seeking evidence from State Department for assertions on “fighting sex trafficking by curbing demand for prostitution”

Last month, 15 researchers and advocates sent a letter to the U.S. Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons’ Ambassador CdeBaca to request evidence for a number of statements made in a public document about “fighting sex trafficking by curbing demand for prostitution.” The letter expresses concerns about a number of assumptions contained in [Read More...]

“This story could have been written 10 years ago. We need to do more.”

Recently, David Feingold, the International Coordinator for UNESCO’s Trafficking and HIV/AIDS Project in Bangkok, sent out a news article – Still on the Run: Trafficked Burmese Recount Murder at Sea – and observed that “This story could have been written 10 years ago.  We need to do more.  We need to work on where this fish is [Read More...]

Spinning the Threads of Poverty: Cotton Subsidies and The Political Economy of Trafficking in Southern Benin

Neil Howard presents an important story about how the lives of Beninese cotton farmers have been impacted by U.S. cotton subsidies.  He argues that part of the explanation for the country’s apparent ‘trafficking problem’ can be traced back to Washington’s cotton policies. Almost everywhere in the world, ‘poverty’ is said to be the prime ‘root [Read More...]