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Human Trafficking Center

A Year of Research Blogging on Human Trafficking


Feb 2015



By Oliver Kaplan, Associate Director

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.

Our research blogs have taken various forms and addressed diverse issues. The posts have included dissections of theoretical approaches to human trafficking and anti-trafficking; reviews of academic literatures; applications of academic theories and literatures to current human trafficking issues and events; legal analyses; policy analyses; identification of best research practices; and reviews and analyses of recent human trafficking studies and reports. Intentionally or unintentionally, the blog has become a clearinghouse of information and a valuable orienting resource for researchers, students, and policymakers.

Here’s a sampling of some of our insightful research-based posts:

We hope our research has challenged your assumptions, sparked new ideas, and maybe even lead to the consideration of new approaches. We encourage you to explore these posts and the many other research gems in our archives.

We also welcome your input and feedback: Do you have comments on our research posts? Do you have research findings to share? Do you have questions about human trafficking for which there are no good answers? Are there topics you’d like us to explore? We hope the blog will continue to be an open forum for interactive discussion of under-researched topics and research best-practices. Thanks for reading!


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