Irregular Migrants, Refugees or Trafficked Persons? - Anti-Trafficking Review call for papers

The Anti-Trafficking Review calls for papers for a themed issue entitled 'Irregular Migrants, Refugees or Trafficked Persons?' 
Migration, displacement and human trafficking have become staples of headline news. Reactions range - and sometimes change - from outrage over abuse and sympathy for individuals and groups seen as victims, to open hostility towards those perceived as foreign intruders or threats to security, political, cultural and business interests.
Posted: 2017-07-11 More...

The Politics of Evidence in Anti-Trafficking Work: Implications and ways forward

Launch of Issue 8 of the Anti-Trafficking Review 'Where's the Evidence?'

Despite increasing interest in human trafficking and related exploitation, a great deal of anti-trafficking work still appears to be based on assumptions that are not well-proven or adequately questioned. Policy formations, advocacy campaigns, concrete interventions and popular understandings of trafficking have all been accused of making exaggerated claims and resting on thin, if any, evidence. There is an almost obsessive desire to know the scale, proportion, size, major sectors and geographical concentrations of human trafficking, with far less attention paid to the actual experiences and circumstances of affected people. At the same time, the monitoring and evaluation of interventions is not robust enough to understand which ones are effective.
Posted: 2017-05-03 More...

Life after Trafficking – Anti-Trafficking Review Call for Papers


Deadline 9 July 2017

Media, policymakers and NGOs typically focus on the horrors of life in trafficking and ‘rescuing’ trafficked persons, but much less attention is paid to life after trafficking. Social workers, attorneys, service providers and trafficked persons know all too well the poverty and legal limbo that many experience after exiting a situation of exploitation. The idyllic picture of life after trafficking is that of survivors being returned home and reunited with their family, despite the fact that familial conflicts and lack of opportunities might have pushed them to leave in the first place. While some states offer legal and social assistance, others deport trafficked migrants or coerce them into shelters or ‘rehabilitation centres’ where they languish for months or years. Reintegration and ‘life skills training’ programmes are often patronising, inadequate to local labour markets and cannot ensure a living wage. Nearly all trafficked persons are left high and dry when it comes to economic assistance and compensation. Yet these ‘unsexy’ aspects of trafficking go unreported in the media and unchampioned by politicians. 

Posted: 2017-01-16 More...

The Recurring Appeal of Simplistic Victimhood and Slavery Images: What are the harms? What are the alternatives?


Launch of Issue 7 of the Anti-Trafficking Review 'Trafficking Representations

Representations of human trafficking, forced labour and 'modern slavery' are pervasive within media, policymaking, and humanitarian interventions and campaigns. This issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review explores the ways in which some representations erase the complexity in the life trajectories of people who have experienced trafficking, as well as those who are migrants, women, sex workers and others labelled as victims or 'at-risk' of trafficking.

Posted: 2016-10-12 More...

The Lessons of History - Anti-Trafficking Review call for papers

Deadline 8 January 2017

Anxieties about 'human trafficking' have helped to spark a revival of anti-slavery activism over the past two decades, but the precise relationship between what is termed 'trafficking' and what is termed 'modern slavery' is unclear. The UN Trafficking Protocol (2000) states that 'slavery' is just one of several possible outcomes of 'trafficking', while anti-slavery campaigners state that 'trafficking' is just one of a number of different forms of 'modern slavery'. Meanwhile, in political and NGO rhetoric, 'trafficking' is frequently described as a 'modern-day slave trade' and the term 'trafficked persons' often used interchangeably with 'modern slaves'. Anti-trafficking campaign materials also make heavy use of visual tropes alluding to slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. But are such historical references really warranted?
Posted: 2016-07-13 More...

Regressive policies on labour and migration exacerbate forced labour and exploitation, international rights group says

A significant new protocol on forced labour was agreed last year, which promised to strengthen national laws and actions on protection of workers’ rights. However, many regressive policies related to migration and labour persist, according to the latest issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review, published by the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW).  
Posted: 2015-09-28 More...

'Trafficking Representations' Call for Papers, Anti-Trafficking Review Thematic Issue


Deadline for Submission: 8 January 2016

The Anti-Trafficking Review calls for papers for a themed issue entitled ‘Trafficking Representations.’ Work that migrants do in the sex industry and other irregular employment sectors is increasingly characterised as exploitation and trafficking. Representations of trafficking and forced labour are pervasive within media, policymaking, and humanitarian debates, discourses and interventions. Of late, the notion of ‘modern slavery’ is on show in campaigns aiming to raise funds and awareness about anti-trafficking among corporate and local enterprises and the general public. Celebrity interventions, militant documentaries, artistic works and fiction films have all become powerful vectors of distribution of the trafficking and ‘modern slavery’ rhetoric. These offer simplistic solutions to complex issues without challenging the structural and causal factors of inequality. They also tend to entrench racialised narratives; present a narrow depiction of an ‘authentic victim;’ and confuse sex work with trafficking. Such representations play a key role in legitimising oftentimes problematic rescue operations that can involve criminalisation, detention and arrest of both non-trafficked and trafficked persons as well a justifying restrictive labour and migration laws that exacerbate migrants’ precarious living and work situations.

Posted: 2015-06-03 More...

Fifteen Years of the UN Trafficking Protocol


The year 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. Is this a time to celebrate progress or has the Protocol caused more problems than it has solved?

Issue 4 of the Anti-Trafficking Review takes stock of the impact of the Trafficking Protocol. This issue presents thoughtful, innovative and well-researched articles by a range of academics, experts and practitioners that address critical questions on this landmark piece of legislation.

Posted: 2015-04-14 More...

Millions of dollars spent on anti-trafficking efforts globally, yet trafficked people miss out, international rights group says

Press release: Governments, the United Nations and private foundations are pouring millions of dollars into work to stop human trafficking, yet very little of this actually reaches trafficked people themselves, the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) says on the launch of its Anti-Trafficking Review, issue 3. There is also a concerning lack of transparency among governments, international organisations and civil society regarding funding for anti-trafficking and how it is spent.  
Posted: 2014-09-22 More...

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Posted: 2014-06-23
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