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Feb 2014

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Links of the week

  New blog posts by HTC Associates Silvia Tamminen discussed the plight of exploited migrant workers in Finland’s berry industry. Some of the berry pickers earn less than their promised wages and may also acquire debt before arriving in Finland. During the 2013 berry season, 50 Thai pickers filed a complaint with the policy ...

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Feb 2014

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Trapped to Pick Berries in Finland: The Many Forms of Labour Trafficking

  By Silvia Tamminen, HTC associate Much of the reporting on labour trafficking is about domestic servitude or exploitative work conditions in developing countries such as India, Brazil and Mexico. Countries of Northern Europe, such as Finland, are rarely associated with labour exploitation and human rights violations. However, ...

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Feb 2014

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New U.S. Plan for Victims of Human Trafficking: A Promising Approach Toward Addressing Needs

    By Sarah Davis, HTC associate The level of protection afforded to victims of human trafficking in the United States has the potential to improve in the coming years. In January, the federal government released the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States 2013-2017, ...

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Feb 2014

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Links of the Week

    New blog posts by HTC Associates Associate Peter Rocco blogged about the “Forced Labor at the Sochi Games.” He discusses reports by Human Rights Watch documenting the prevalence of force labor in Sochi as well as the country’s tier status on the U.S. State Department’s 2013 Trafficking in Persons. Another blog ...

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Feb 2014

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Anti-Trafficking Raids, Redux

  By Dana Bruxvoort, HTC associate Last week I wrote a blog post about rethinking anti-trafficking efforts, particularly raid and rescue missions. I argued raids are largely ineffective when they fail to differentiate between sex workers and individuals who have been trafficked. Worse, they can be traumatizing when those ...

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Feb 2014

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Does Public Awareness Spur Action?

  By Kate Castenson, HTC associate  January was National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the heightened public awareness of human trafficking should prompt a critical reflection about whether generating awareness of such problems can lead to effective solutions. In many cases, publicity of trafficking can ...

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Feb 2014

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Forced Labor at the Sochi Games

  By HTC associate Peter Rocco (Photo: Workers in Sochi, Russia ( Copyright Stefan Krasowski, via Creative Commons BY 2.0)  When the Olympic Games open today in Sochi, Russia, television viewers will no doubt be treated to views of brand new stadiums and other displays of Vladimir Putin’s largesse. Unfortunately, NBC’s ...

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Feb 2014

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Decriminalization of Sex Work in Iceland: Unveiling the Assumptions

  By Jenni Hankel, HTC Associate (Photo: Reykjavik, Iceland. Via Creative Commons) Radical feminists have touted decriminalization of sex work as the silver bullet solution to sex trafficking. Unlike in the U.S., individuals in Iceland who sell sex cannot be legally prosecuted for their actions. This process, known as ...

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Jan 2014

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The Untold Side of Raids and Rescues: Rethinking Anti-Trafficking Efforts

By Dana Bruxvoort, HTC Associate The emotive nature of sex trafficking has led to various “quick fix” responses that show positive, immediate results. But when knowledge doesn’t follow passion, the resulting practices are ineffective and can have detrimental long-term effects. The widely practiced “raid and rescue” model ...

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Jan 2014

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How Not to Talk About Human Trafficking

  By Ryan Beck Turner,  Associate Director of Advocacy *Please be aware that some of the links within this post may cause triggers* Human trafficking is the cause célèbre for sensationalist media. Celebrities Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have started a campaign against the sex trafficking of minors. Videos about ...

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