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The Slavery Research Bulletin: Issue 2, October 2015

October 15, 2015

Welcome to the Slavery Research Bulletin, designed to provide busy readers in the anti-slavery community with a succinct monthly update on new and interesting research.

Health of child and adolescent survivors
Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have published the largest ever study on the health of child and adolescent survivors of human trafficking. The research, which was carried out in the Mekong region and published in JAMA Pediatrics, found high symptom levels of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. A free version of the article can be found here.

Measuring hidden populations
UNODC has released a special edition of Crime and Society on measuring trafficked populations. This volume contains articles from leading academics covering a range of methods and practices including the network scale-up method and capture-recapture.

Reintegration of trafficked Cambodian men
In March, Hagar International released research designed to improve aftercare services for trafficked Cambodian men. The report documents the trends in trafficking, the needs of survivors, the services available to them, and provides recommendations.

Reviewing research from the National Institute of Justice
The National Institute of Justice’s research portfolio addressing trafficking in persons has been scrutinised in a paper (paywall) published in April, with suggestions on how to improve the impact of future studies.

Distinguishing between forced labour and trafficking
A special edition of the Anti-Trafficking Review debates the distinction between forced labour, trafficking and slavery. The edition also includes articles on supply chain disclosure laws in Brazil and the US, tied visas and the exploitation of domestic workers in the UK, and the role of trade unions in reducing the vulnerability of migrant workers in the Mekong.

Read on…

  • A new study looks at trafficking of women from Myanmar’s Kachin State into China as ‘forced brides’.
  • ILO releases research on migrant and child labour in Thailand’s seafood industry.

And finally
An article published in Foreign Affairs by David Abramowitz discusses the politics of this year’s TiP report.

Contact us
If you have feedback or suggestions, please contact Dr. Zoë Fortune, the Freedom Fund’s Senior Research & Evaluation Officer.

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