13 January 2016
A new documentary is out looking at different policies on prostitution across Europe. Have a listen here
The BBC describes the programme:
"Despite both liberal and conservative reforms in different countries being hailed as the answer to stamping it out, Europe seems to be losing the battle against sex trafficking. Why do these countries, which work successfully together against other crimes, struggle to combat sexual exploitation and forced prostitution?
The University of Nicosia and the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) are pleased to make available the book entitled I Thought I was Applying as a Care Giver”: Trafficking in Women for Labour Exploitation in Domestic Work. This publication is the result of the transnational project “Combating Trafficking in Women for Labor Exploitation in Domestic Work, STOP Traffic for Domestic Work”, coordinated by the University of Nicosia and funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime (ISEC) Programme of the European Union.
The new issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review examines how the global community is addressing forced labour and human trafficking. The journal questions whether recent efforts have done enough to stop exploitation at work.
22 May 2015
Excerpt from The Guardian, 21 May 2015
Migration experts condemn ‘entirely self-serving’ language concealing the fact that refugees are trying to escape Africa of their own free will
By Aidan McQuade, originally published in The Guardian on 22 April 2015
To end loss of lives in the Mediterranean, politicians must understand what the problem is – not trafficking rings, but people smuggling on a vast scale
It is a basic idea: if you want to solve a problem, it is best if you understand what the problem is in the first place.
31 August 2015
The European Union has announced emergency talks on 14 September to deal with the escalating migration crisis.
Austria has begun expanding checks on lorries near its eastern borders, after Europe was shocked by the discovery of 71 dead migrants in a lorry near the border with Hungary.
Hundreds more people also drowned in the Mediterranean last week, as they tried to reach Europe from Libya.
11 August 2015
Amnesty International voted Tuesday in support of decriminalizing the sex trade. The move comes despite strong opposition from anti-trafficking organizations and Hollywood stars. The human rights organization passed the measure at its decision-making forum, the International Council Meeting, in Dublin, Ireland, involving delegates from around the world.
31 July 2015
New powers introduced by the Modern Slavery Act 2015 come into force in England and Wales today. The powers include possible life sentences for those found guilty of trafficking and duties for companies with a turnover of over £36 million to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement.
This first DemandAT working paper by Norbert Cyrus and Dita Vogel is available here. The paper seeks to clarify the concept of demand in the context of trafficking in human beings. It approaches this task by historically analysing the emergence of the concept of demand within legal frameworks related to trafficking. The paper also discusses the understanding of demand as a concept in economics and whether and how this can be applied to trafficking in human beings.