No 6 (2016): Special Issue–Prosecuting Human Trafficking
Guest Editor: Anne T Gallagher
Prosecuting human trafficking is widely viewed as one of the main pillars of an effective national response to trafficking. But worldwide, the number of prosecutions for trafficking and related exploitation remains stubbornly low, especially when compared to the generally accepted size of the problem. Very few traffickers are ever brought to justice and the criminal justice system rarely operates to benefit those who have been trafficked.
Issue 6 of the Anti-Trafficking Review analyses human trafficking prosecutions in different regions of the world and from a range of different perspectives. With five themed articles focusing on Russia, the United States, the Balkans and Western Europe, the issue provides important insights into the practical and policy issues surrounding human trafficking prosecutions.
Table of Contents
|Editorial: The Problems and Prospects of Trafficking Prosecutions: Ending impunity and securing justice||PDF HTML|
|Anne T Gallagher|
|Two Birds with One Stone? Implications of conditional assistance in victim protection and prosecution of traffickers||PDF HTML|
|Anette Brunovskis, May-Len Skilbrei|
|Transaction Costs: Prosecuting child trafficking for illegal adoption in Russia||PDF HTML|
|Lauren A McCarthy|
|The Prosecution of State-Level Human Trafficking Cases in the United States||PDF HTML|
|Amy Farrell, Monica J DeLateur, Colleen Owens, Stephanie Fahy|
|Trafficking of Women for Sexual Exploitation in Europe: Prosecution, trials and their impact||PDF HTML|
|Biljana Meshkovska, Nikola Mickovski, Arjan Bos, Melissa Siegel|
|The Prominent Role of National Judges in Interpreting the International Definition of Human Trafficking||PDF HTML|
|Luuk B Esser, Corinne E Dettmeijer-Vermeulen|
|Investments in Human Trafficking Prosecutions are Indispensable||PDF HTML|
|Victor Boutros, John Cotton Richmond|
|Prioritising Prosecutions is the Wrong Approach||PDF HTML|
|The Importance of Strategic, Victim-Centred Human Trafficking Prosecutions||PDF HTML|
|Susan French, Cindy C Liou|
|Resisting the Carceral: The need to align anti-trafficking efforts with movements for criminal justice reform||PDF HTML|
|Abigail Swenstein, Kate Mogulescu|
|Not All Prosecutions are Created Equal: Less counting prosecutions, more making prosecutions count||PDF HTML|
|Villains and Victims, but No Workers: Why a prosecution-focussed approach to human trafficking fails trafficked persons||PDF HTML|
|Innocent Traffickers, Guilty Victims: The case for prosecuting so-called ‘bottom girls’ in the United States||PDF HTML|
|Alexandra F Levy|
|Human Rights and Economic Opportunity Will End Trafficking||PDF HTML|
|Palermo’s Promise: Victims’ rights and human trafficking||PDF HTML|
|Martina E Vandenberg|
Where’s the Evidence? – Anti-Trafficking Review, Call for Papers, 1 July deadline
Guest Editor: Sallie Yea
Deadline for Submission: 1 July 2016
The Anti-Trafficking Review calls for papers for a themed issue entitled ‘Where’s the Evidence?’
Responses to, and international interest in, human trafficking have proceeded apace over the past 15 years in line with the adoption of the UN Trafficking Protocol. Yet, a great deal of anti-trafficking work is based on assumptions that are not well-proven and infrequently questioned. Why, for example, do some regions or groups emerge as trafficking hot-spots to become ‘intervention intensive’? How do anti-trafficking actors justify and explain the need to continue work in a particular area, or with a particular group? Similarly, anti-trafficking measures often continue in the absence of efforts to monitor and evaluate their effectiveness. How, in these circumstances, can the value of anti-trafficking work be estimated? On what basis is funding continued or denied to organisations undertaking such interventions? There has been some critical reflection on these issues, with a number of critical commentators questioning the production, global circulation and validity of statistics on human trafficking in particular. Statistics often take on a life of their own, despite their often questionable genesis, whilst the place and value of qualitative approaches in the field is also open to some scrutiny. Qualitative research methods are not necessarily any more robust in this relatively young field, and critics have questioned unethical and sometimes directly harmful methods of both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.
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).|
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 currently publishes one issue annually. Publication will increase to two issues a year in 2015.
Forthcoming Special Issues:
- September 2016: Trafficking Representations, guest edited by Rutvica Andrijasevic and Nicola Mai
- April 2017: Where's the Evidence, guest edited by Sallie Yea
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The Anti-Trafficking Review is published by the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), an alliance of over 100 NGOs worldwide focused on advancing the human rights of migrants and trafficked persons.
'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
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