Pope Francis’ 2015 World Peace Day message will focus on human trafficking. The Vatican chose human trafficking as its theme noting that it is a threat to peace worldwide. “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters” is the official theme for the Jan. 1, 2015 message Pope Francis will write.
The anti-trafficking movement has largely focused on females who have been trafficked, leaving men and boys out of the discourse. The lack of awareness of how males are trafficked often leads to a gap in services available to male survivors of trafficking. This blog post discusses why it’s imperative to consider men and boys in the human trafficking discourse.
One man died and 35 people — including children — were found in a shipping container in a UK port. Criminal gangs and/or human traffickers are suspected to be behind this. The situation highlights the necessity of training law enforcement and border control agents about the nature of human trafficking and how to best assist survivors.
An opinion piece from the Denver Post discusses how the lack of quality aftercare or a protective juvenile justice system means children who are recovered in trafficking stings often end up in less than ideal — and sometimes even harmful — settings. While much emphasis is placed on the identification of trafficking victims, appropriate aftercare and reform to the juvenile justice system deserve increased public attention and funding.
The HTC blog aims to promote academic rigor, transparency and sound research to better understand forced labor and human trafficking. The blog provides research that raises public awareness about the problem, influences anti-trafficking policy, and improves inter-organizational cooperation.