Anti-Trafficking Review


No 8 (2017): Special Issue–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. Similarly, the monitoring and evaluation of interventions prioritise numbers of people reached rather than any significant change in knowledge or behaviour. This focus on quantification has come at the expense of quality and a true understanding of the lives of the migrants and trafficked persons it is supposed to benefit.

This issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review explores the role of evidence, research and data in anti-trafficking work and how they influence our understanding of the issue and responses to it. Contributors examine the evidence used—or rejected—in the formation of national anti-trafficking policies in Northern Ireland, Canada and India, as well as the role of statistics, and monitoring and evaluation of anti-trafficking interventions. In the debate section, four authors take turn defending or rejecting the proposition 'Global Trafficking Prevalence Data Advances the Fight against Trafficking in Persons'.

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Table of Contents

Articles

Sallie Yea
Susann Huschke, Eilís Ward
Hayli Millar, Tamara O'Doherty, Katrin Roots
Nicole Molinari
Jennifer K. Lynch, Katerina Hadjimatheou
Anne T Gallagher
Benjamin Harkins
Ruth Van Dyke
Fiona David
David A. Feingold
Courtland Robinson, Casey Branchini, Charlie Thame
Mike Dottridge

Announcements

 

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...
 
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Anti-Trafficking Review

The Anti-Trafficking Review promotes a human rights based approach to anti-trafficking. It explores trafficking in its broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migrant rights. The Review offers an outlet and space for dialogue between academics, practitioners and advocates seeking to communicate new ideas and findings to those working for and with trafficked persons.

Each issue relates to an emerging or overlooked theme in the field of human trafficking.  The Review’s focus is global in nature, exploring micro and macro levels of anti-trafficking responses and the commonalities, differences and disconnects in between. Each issue features a Debate Section in which two or more sides of a contentious issue are presented.

The Review presents rigorously considered, peer reviewed material in clear English. The journal is an open access, academic publication with a readership in over 100 countries. The Review publishes two issues per year since 2015.

Forthcoming Special Issues:

  • September 2017: The Lessons of History, guest edited by Julia O'Connell Davidson
  • April 2018: Life after Trafficking, guest edited by Denise Brennan and Sine Plambech

The Review is covered by the following abstracting and indexing services:

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The Anti-Trafficking Review is published by the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), an alliance of over 80 NGOs worldwide focused on advancing the human rights of migrants and trafficked persons.

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'a journal that is seeking to move things forward through new ideas and a genuine commitment to dialogue' - Anne T. Gallagher, Independent scholar and legal advisor

'The Anti-Trafficking Review is clear about the current issues, the complications of the subject and contemporary global dialogues--it is leading versus following and recording. That is a REAL strength of your journal.' - Cathy Zimmerman, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

'The Review is a platform for academics and practitioners, providing a space in which practitioners have the chance to influence the academic thinking around trafficking and vice versa.' - Nicola Piper, University of Sydney