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Human Trafficking Center

Links of the Week


Feb 2014




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 post by Kate Castenson asks the key question “Does Awareness Spur Action?” The post discusses January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and considers the impact of prominent cases of forced labor and human trafficking, such as the one involving Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade. Kate also discusses the impact of awareness-raising on vulnerable populations, perpetrators, policymakers and the broader public.

Dana Bruxvoort blogged previously about “The Untold Story of Raids and Rescue: Rethinking Anti-Trafficking Efforts,” discussing the nature and potential harmful impacts of the “raid and rescue” model to address trafficking. This week she follows up with “Anti-Trafficking Raids, Redux” –  discussing anti-trafficking raids at the Super Bowl and considers opinions expressed by New York law enforcement.

Links from around the world

The U.S. claims to be a leader in anti-human trafficking efforts, but it fails to live up to its own standards. This article “U.S Flouts Its Own Advice in Procuring Overseas Clothing” discusses the dangerous precedent the US is setting. By failing to monitor the sources of garments for uniforms and other military personnel, is the U.S. Government supporting human trafficking – such as child labor and abusive/exploitative labor conditions?

The attention to sex trafficking often sidelines other forms of trafficking . This letter to the editor on the New York Times Opinion pages titled “The Victims of Human Trafficking” discusses some thoughtful responses to the hype over sex trafficking and the Super Bowl and the importance of devoting attention to other forms of trafficking.

There are assumptions and stereotypes about what a “typical” victim-survivor of human trafficking looks like. In truth there is no typical victim. No typical story. Each case is unique, and each victim-survivor is more than their story. This PSA video by the Office of Victims of Crime brings to light this fact.



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