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Human Trafficking Center

Monthly Links: April


Apr 2014


by Dana Bruxvoort, HTC associate


In case you missed the blog posts and other articles shared by the HTC this month, here are our top picks for April.

Blog posts by HTC Associates

Associate Ryan Goehrung discusses how sex trafficking has drowned out the discourse on human trafficking. He poses the question of whether one form of exploitation can be objectively defined as “worse” than another. While sex trafficking is important and should be addressed, Ryan proposes that all survivors of trafficking deserve equal attention, whether they were trafficked for labor or sex.

Associate Director of Advocacy Ryan Beck Turner analyzes the April 11 court case involving Monica Jones’ protest of Project ROSE in Phoenix, Ariz. Ryan argues that Project ROSE – a program ostensibly designed to “rescue” victim of sexual exploitation – bears little resemblance to an anti-trafficking program. He notes that Project ROSE’s anti-prostitution approach is more harmful than helpful.

Guest blogger Jennifer Carty discusses why the human trafficking conviction of Dallas Cardenas in People v. Cardenas was overturned by the Colorado Court of Appeals. The court overturned the conviction on the principle of statutory interpretation – based on the wording of the Colorado statute, Cardenas could not be found guilty. Jennifer says the Cardenas case is a reminder to those drafting current Colorado House Bill 14-1273 that the bill’s wording must be “carefully constructed to exact the intended result.”

HTC associate Jenni Hankel also offers recommendations for Colorado House Bill 14-1273. The bill allows for the sealing of criminal records for adult survivors of sex trafficking, but Jenni proposes that records should be expunged rather than sealed, and this option should be extended to survivors of both sex and labor trafficking. If records are not expunged, survivors of trafficking may be held liable for crimes they committed as a result of being trafficked.

Associate Dave Esarey addresses the issue of funding for anti-trafficking efforts, noting one of the greatest challenges to the anti-trafficking movement is the misallocation of limited resources and funding. Dave proposes that more funding should go toward research-oriented organizations, as more methodically sound research would lead to more effective anti-trafficking interventions and services.


Notable Human Trafficking Articles

There is no typical victim of human trafficking, and this article reminds us that breaking down stereotypes of human trafficking should be considered in all trafficking awareness efforts.

Do you live in Denver and want to get involved in the community to help end human trafficking? This article by 5280 lists some great Denver based organizations to support.

HTC Director Claude d’Estrée was interviewed for an NPR article discussing forced labor in China’s prisons. Although U.S. laws prohibit the inflow of goods made with any type of forced labor, there is a “consumptive demand” loophole that allows the import of these goods – often made by prisoners – if they are in short supply in the U.S. Professor d’Estrée notes that supply chain standards are not as much of an imposition as corporations believe them to be.

Misconceptions can fuel ineffective anti-trafficking strategies. In this article, professor and author Denise Brennan corrects some of those misconceptions – such as who is trafficked, how many people are trafficked into the U.S. each year and the conflation of sex work with sex trafficking.

Intervening in cases of child trafficking is complex due to the psychological and physical trauma victim-survivors have endured. This article notes the danger of criminalizing trafficking survivors and carries important implications for anti-trafficking policies, including safe harbor laws.



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