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The Modern Slave Trade: Public Health Impacts

November 12, 2015

A global scourge, human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that traps millions of people in lives of forced labor and sexual exploitation. Political instability and extremism leave people, especially women and children, vulnerable to predation.

In this Forum, anti-trafficking and human rights experts, including the Freedom Fund’s Director of Programs, Dan Vexler, convened to discuss the public health implications of the shadowy world of trafficking.

  • What drives and sustains the industry?
    How are governments, NGOs, and other agencies fighting trafficking in their communities, including in the U.S.?
    What interventions work?
    And why is this issue so important to public health?

Presented November 10, 2015 in Collaboration with PRI’S The World & WGBH.

Watch the entire series from The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at

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The Freedom Fund