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Implications of Anti-trafficking Policy and Practice

Some measures to address trafficking in persons have undermined relatively good systems of sex work policy and complicated law reform processes. The following resources attempt to clarify these issues and highlight the challenges of current anti-trafficking initiatives.

Busza, J. (2004). "Sex work and migration: The dangers of oversimplification A case study of Vietnamese women in Cambodia." Health and Human Rights: An International Journal 7, 231-249. (This article originally appeared in the journal Health and Human Rights. It is reprinted with permission of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health and the President and Fellows of Harvard College.) Download PDF.

Cheng, S. (2004). "Interrogating the absence of HIV/AIDS interventions for migrant sex workers in South Korea." Health and Human Rights: An International Journal 7, 193-204. (This article originally appeared in the journal Health and Human Rights. It is reprinted with permission of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health and the President and Fellows of Harvard College.) Download PDF.

Cohen, S. "Ominous convergence: sex trafficking, prostitution, and international family planning." The Guttmacher Report on Public Policy, 2005, 8(1): 12-14. Available at: www.guttmacher.org/pubs/tgr/08/1/gr080112.html.

Girard, F. (2004). "Global implications of U.S. domestic and international policies on sexuality." International Working Group for Sexuality and Social Policy Working Papers no.1. Download PDF. Also available at: www.mailman.hs.columbia.edu/sms/cgsh/iwgssp.html.

International Labour Organization (2003). Trafficking in human beings: New approaches to combating the problem. Download PDF.

Jordan, A. (2002). The Annotated Guide to the Complete UN Trafficking Protocol. Global Rights. Download PDF.

*Kulick, D. (2003). "Sex in the new Europe: The criminalization of clients and Swedish fear of penetration." Anthropological Theory, 3(2), 199-218.

"Expert letter concerned with U.S. DOS conflation of trafficking and prostitution and lack of credible data," to Ambassador John Miller, Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Department of State (April 21, 2005). Download PDF.

"Reply letter from Ambassador John Miller" (May 27, 2005). Download PDF.

EMPOWER (2003). "A report by EMPOWER Chiang Mai on the human rights violations women are subjected to when rescued by anti-trafficking groups who employ methods using deception, force and coercion." Download PDF. Also available at: www.nswp.org/mobility/mpower-0306.html.

Resources on human trafficking: Treaties, laws, reports, and articles. Available at: www.globalrights.org. This list provides an extensive overview of the diverse aspects of trafficking into all labor sectors; the section on International Labor Organization documents is particularly useful.

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