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Marking a Milestone: One Year of Human Trafficking Blogging


Feb 2015



By Oliver Kaplan, Associate Director and Claude d’Estrée, Director

The Human Trafficking Center (HTC) blog just marked its one-year anniversary this January. When we launched our blog a year ago, we weren’t sure how it would go, but we knew the internet was short on venues to critically analyze the conventional wisdom about human trafficking. By all counts, our first year of blogging can be considered a great success!

We published nearly 80 posts and logged over 42,000 page views by over 20,000 visitors from 169 countries (with the most from United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Norway, Australia, India, Thailand, Germany, Brazil, and South Africa). We are also reaching a broad demographic of readers, with 61% of visitors ages 34 and younger. We are thrilled about this level of interest, but it is also not completely surprising given the HTC’s substantial following on social media, with 2,735 Facebook likes and 2,393 Twitter followers.

We have published a great variety of types of posts in the past year, including commentary on common human trafficking misperceptions and current events, analysis of anti-trafficking programs and laws, and critiques of human trafficking research and research methodologies. Further, our coverage has not been limited to the oft-highlighted problem of sex trafficking, but rather has included topics from forced labor to immigrant smuggling to domestic servitude, and everything in between. Our diversity of posts is partly attributable to our diversity of bloggers: so far, we have published posts by over 25 unique contributors!

Our Top 10 most-viewed posts give a good flavor of our blogging. In order of views, these are:

  1. How Not to Talk about Human Trafficking by Ryan Beck Turner
  2. Forced Labor at the Sochi Games by Peter Rocco
  3. Un-Safe Harbor: Why U.S. State Legislation is Ineffectively Addressing Sex Trafficking of Minors by Lauren Jekowsky
  4. Project ROSE and Oppression as “Rescue” by Ryan Beck Turner
  5. Human Trafficking: What about the Men and Boys? by Ashley Greve
  6. The Untold Side of Raids and Rescues: Rethinking Anti-Trafficking Efforts by Dana Bruxvoort
  7. Is the Media Helping or Harming Anti-Trafficking Efforts? by Dana Bruxvoort
  8. Denver’s Controversial Urban Camping Ban Could Increase Vulnerability to Trafficking by Beth Harrell
  9. Funding Priorities in Human Trafficking by David Esarey
  10. Trafficking for Organ Trade: The Often-Overlooked Form of Human Trafficking by Andy Brienzo

Thanks to you—all of our loyal readers and all of our contributors—for joining us on this journey so far. We hope you have enjoyed and benefitted from our analysis and commentary. In the coming year, we are looking to build on our success by inviting new guest bloggers to contribute their perspectives and by continuing with our incisive takes on the human trafficking issues of the day. We’ll see you here.


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2 Responses to “Marking a Milestone: One Year of Human Trafficking Blogging”

  1. February HTC Blog Link-Up | Human Trafficking Center

    […] Director Oliver Kaplan looked back on the last year of blogging with the posts Marking a Milestone: One Year of Human Trafficking Blogging and A Year of Research Blogging on Human […]

  2. A Year of Research-Blogging on Human Trafficking | Human Trafficking Center

    […] As I recently blogged, we just marked the one-year anniversary of the Human Trafficking Center (HTC) blog. In that year, in addition to our blogs on current events, we published a number of blogs specifically focused on research. These include blogs on human trafficking patterns, the international politics of and laws on human trafficking, anti-trafficking policies and programs, and the transnational actors both involved in trafficking humans and working to combat the problem. A number of these posts are encapsulations of the deep research contained in Korbel School graduate student research papers that were written for the Forced Labor and Human Trafficking course, one of the only courses of its kind in the world. […]

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