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Book Review: Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration, and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo

Source: Rights Work Initiative

In her book Illicit Flirtations, Rhacel Parrenas provides us with cutting edge, systematic, and empirical research on Filipina migrant hostesses— the women the U.S. government called the largest group of “trafficked” persons in the world.  Illicit Flirtations challenges this simplistic long-distance assessment.  It presents the nuances, differences, struggles and hopes of Filipina women working in Japan as bar hostesses.

Hit & Run - Report on Anti-trafficking in Thailand

On 21st February, Empower held a very successful launch of their anti trafficking report "Hit & Run: Sex Worker's Research on Anti trafficking in Thailand."

The launch also saw a special exhibition of a tapestry, 'The Mida Tapestry', sewn by sex workers that speaks of the experience of a 'police rescue' event at Mida Karaoke Bar.

Empower also premiered this short film "Last Rescue in Siam" (above) made by sex workers in Chiang Mai.

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NOT Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

Laura Agustín reviews Siddharth Kara's book 'Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery', in her article in Counterpunch.

Laura exposes the innate weaknesses in the author's simplistic approach, the lack of academic rigour in producing his findings, which are 'neither based on methodological research nor reflecting knowledge of literature.' Agustín  analyses  also questions  the author's 'data' which he describes as 'slavery economics'  - questioning how he arrives at his figures 'that can only be obtained through painstaking, long, repetitive research, which Kara does not even pretend to have done.'

The book's omission of any opinion or argument dissenting from his concepts and lack of referencing of academic study does question whether the book was peer reviewed or why it was published by Columbia University Press. 

Addressing the Demand Side of Trafficking

Source: rightswork.org

This paper, written by Phil Marshall, briefly raises some issues around the demand side of trafficking, initially focusing on demand relating to exploitative labour practices and then discussing issues around demand contributing to exploitation for sexual purposes. It is very much an opinion piece, intended to promote discussion.

Addressing the Demand Side of Trafficking

Source: rightswork.org

This paper, written by Phil Marshall, briefly raises some issues around the demand side of trafficking, initially focusing on demand relating to exploitative labour practices and then discussing issues around demand contributing to exploitation for sexual purposes. It is very much an opinion piece, intended to promote discussion.

US State Dept fails to produce trafficking evidence

Reproduced from: rightswork.org

In September, 15 academics and advocates wrote to the State Department’s Trafficking Office to request reliable evidence in support of statements made in the document: “Prevention: Fighting Sex Trafficking by Curbing Demand for Prostitution.”  The Trafficking Office recently responded but, to our disappointment, it was unable to present even one piece of reliable research in support of the claims in the ‘fact sheet’ (their term, not ours). 

The Grey Man and the Akhas - anti-trafficking in Thailand?

Reproduced with the kind permission of www.andrew-drummond.com 

Andrew Drummond is a British independent journalist and occasional television documentary maker based out of Bangkok and covering Thailand and South East Asia.

 Andrew has recently published this fascinating video on 'YouTube.com', exposing the activities of 'The Grey Man’, an Australian registered charity claiming to work on anti-trafficking. 

You can also read the full story on Andrew Drummond's website here.