Debate: What Would be the Best Way to Use 10 Million Dollars in the Counter-Trafficking Sector?


  • Matt Friedman



For me, it is essential that the first question related to this query be: ‘What are we really hoping to achieve with our available resources?’ In the past, this question would have been answered in terms of the deployment of the traditional ‘3 Ps’: prevention interventions, prosecution efforts and protection initiatives. Programme efforts under these headings are often designed to prevent people from being trafficked, put criminals in jail and help victims after they leave the exploitative environment. But few interventions explicitly state ‘the goal is to reduce the number of people in human trafficking/slavery-like conditions’. The goal must be the reduction of overall victims.

The second question I would ask: ‘What can be done to achieve the most impact in reducing the number of trafficked persons, with the least amount of resources?’ In other words, I would seek to put in place a programme that is both cost effective and impactful. With limited funding available globally, every dollar must count.


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Author Biography

Matt Friedman

Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 25 years of experience as an activist, programme designer, evaluator and manager. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer for The Mekong Club, an organization of Hong Kong-based private-sector business people who have joined forces to fight human trafficking in Asia. From 2006 to 2012, Friedman was the Regional Project Manager of the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) in Thailand, an inter-agency coordinating body that links the United Nations system with governments and civil society groups in Cambodia, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Prior to this (1991—2006), Friedman worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Thailand, Bangladesh and Nepal.




How to Cite

Friedman, M. (2014). Debate: What Would be the Best Way to Use 10 Million Dollars in the Counter-Trafficking Sector?. Anti-Trafficking Review, (3).