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Anti-Trafficking Review

ISSN: 2286-7511
E-ISSN: 2287-0113

The Anti-Trafficking Review is an academic journal that 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 presents rigorously considered, peer reviewed material in clear English. The journal is open access with a readership in 78 countries. The Review is published by GAATW. Opinions expressed in articles and reviews in the Anti-Trafficking Review are the views of the authors, and not those of the editorial team, the publisher or the Editorial Board

To download the articles, go to: www.antitraffickingreview.org 

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2011

A Toolkit for Reporting to CEDAW on Trafficking in Women and Exploitation of Migrant Women Workers

This toolkit provides guidance to NGOs engaging in the CEDAW review process.  It hopes to enable NGO reporting to provide more thorough information on the situation of trafficking in women and the exploitation of women migrant workers and to link these areas of concern with migration, labour and discrimination issues. It also provides lobbying tools for NGOs to facilitate effective advocacy to the Committee on these issues, in order that the Committee is better equipped to address trafficking and the exploitation of migrant women workers with states under review.  

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2011

Moving Beyond ‘Supply and Demand’ Catchphrases: Assessing the uses and limitations of demand-based approaches in Anti-Trafficking

The need to reduce ‘demand’ for trafficked persons is widely mentioned in the anti-trafficking sector but few have looked at ‘demand’ critically or substantively. Some ‘demand’-based approaches have been heavily critiqued, such as the idea that eliminating sex workers’ clients (or the ‘demand’ for commercial sex) through incarceration or stigmatisation will reduce trafficking. In this publication, we take a look at the links between trafficking and: (1) the demand for commercial sex, and (2) the demand for exploitative labour practices. We assess current approaches used to reduce each of these types of ‘demand’ and consider other long-term approaches that can reduce the demand for exploitative practices while respecting workers’ and migrants’ rights (e.g. enforcing labour standards, reducing discrimination against migrants, supporting sex workers’ rights).

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2011

What's the Cost of a Rumour? 

A guide to sorting out the myths and the facts about sporting events and trafficking

 

There has been a lot published on the supposed link between sporting events and trafficking, but how much of it is true and how much of it is useful? In this guide, we review the literature from past sporting events, and find that they do not cause increases in trafficking for prostitution. The guide takes a closer look at why this unsubstantiated idea still captures the imagination of politicians and some media, and offers stakeholders a more constructive approach to address trafficking beyond short-term events. We hope this guide will help stakeholders quickly correct misinformation about trafficking, develop evidence-based anti-trafficking responses, and learn what worked and what didn't in past host cities.

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2010

Feeling Good About Feeling Bad…

A Global Review of Evaluation in Anti-Trafficking Initiatives

 

This research explores and assesses the evaluation of anti-trafficking policies and programmes worldwide, including three international, two regional and nine national anti-trafficking initiatives. It highlights common themes and emerging patterns between a range of approaches to evaluation in this sector and finds overwhelmingly that anti-trafficking initiatives are not being sufficiently evaluated, impeding the effectiveness of anti-trafficking responses and limiting progress in combating trafficking. Urgent action in the form of adequate evaluation systems is imperative to ensure anti-trafficking programmes are effectively targeted and delivered.

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2010

A Woman’s Life is Richer than Her Trafficking Experience
Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) Series

This CD contains the results of the Feminist Participatory Action Research organised by GAATW. It demonstrates the ways in which women are taking action and steering change in their communities. It shares their stories of resilience, hope and strength; it reveals the complexities of their lives; and raises their voices so we can hear them loudly and clearly, and take action.

The Realities and Agency of Informal Sector Workers:The Account of Migrant Women Workers in Nairobi

Migración y Trabajo: Mujeres Migrantes Haitianas: Investigación Feminista de Acción Participativa

Uma Experiência De Pesquisa Ação Participativa: Migração, Trabalho e Genero entre Mulheres na Amazônia Brasileira

‘Am Only Saying It Now’: Experiences of Women Seeking Asylum in Ireland

Understanding Needs, Recognising Rights: The stories, perspectives, and priorities of immigrant Iranian women in Vancouver, Canada

Labour migration from a human rights perspective: The story of migrant domestic workers in the Netherlands.

A Look at the Linkages:How does Gender, Migration, Labour and Trafficking Intersect in Women’s Lives? A Qualitative Research based on migration and labour experiences of women from Ursoaia village, Republic of Moldova.

The Impact of Excessive Placement Fees on Indonesian Migrant Workers (IMWs) and Their Families. Report of Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) in Limbangan village, Losari subdistrict, Brebes district, Central Java, Indonesia

Trafficked’ identities as a barrier to community reintegration: Five stories of women re-building lives and resisting categorisation

The Linkages Between Migration, Labour, Gender and Trafficking Among Women Migrant Workers: Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) in Rowoberanten Village, Ringinarum Sub District, Kendal District, Central Java, Indonesia 

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2010

Female Temporary Circular Migration and Rights Protection in the Strawberry Sector in Huelva, Spain

Agency has always been at the core to GAATW’s message, and this topic was further looked at in a 2nd Roundtable (February and March, 2009). This Roundtable focused on ‘macro’ issues such as trade, security regimes, and global economics, and their impact on migrant and trafficked women and their space for agency and decision-making.  

This specific research report seeks to contribute to this on-going analysis by GAATW by looking at these issues in the context of a programme of female temporary migration within the agriculture sector in Huelva, Spain; we aim to connect  macroeconomics to a micro example of reality lived on the ground.

 

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2007

COLLATERAL DAMAGE

The Impact of Anti-Trafficking Measures on Human Rights around the World

 

This report reviews the impact of anti-trafficking measures on human rights in 8 countries: Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, India, Nigeria, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Each country chapter provides an overview of human trafficking, the current legal framework concerning all aspects of anti-trafficking efforts, specific laws and policies and their implications on key groups of people, and a critical analysis of the human rights impact of these measures specifically on women. This anthology emphasises the critical need for a re-assessment of anti-trafficking initiatives around the globe in order that human rights do not get written off as ‘collateral damage’ in combating human trafficking.

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Full Report

 

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2007

Respect and Relevance: Supporting self-organising as a strategy for empowerment and social change

The report features self-organised members in the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW). Discussions highlighted the importance of empowering internal relationships within the organisation and respectful partnerships with external stakeholders, organising processes that accomodated women's individual circumstances and needs, and the need to have opportunities where women could learn from shared experiences with other women.

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2005

 

Women, Mobility and Reproductive Health

The report provides an assessment of the health conditions and mobility patterns among women migrant workers in Thailand.

 

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2002

Partners in Change: Stories of women's collectives

This is a collection of stories of Women’s Collectives, but these are not the mainstream groups about whom we read everyday. The women featured in this booklet do not have much formal education, nor do they have the advantage of wealth. Stigmatised in their communities as ‘prostitutes’ or ‘trafficked women’ they have endured humiliation and yet come together to claim their space in society.


Read about Langson women’s Group; Vietnam, Shakti Samuha; Nepal, Dok Orr Women’s Group, Thailand, Cambodia Prostitutes Union, Phnompenh, EMPOWER Foundation, Thailand, Durjoy & Ulka; Bangladesh and many more…

See also - Partners in Change - a Conference Report

 

1999

Human Rights and Trafficking in Persons: A handbook

A broad-based manual, containing general strategies that can be easily adapted to local contexts, this has proved to be an extremely valuable resource for NGOs worldwide. This manual clarifies the concepts of human rights and trafficking in persons and provides concrete rights-based strategies that can be carried out at all levels, from local to international, in the context of trafficking. 

Available in English, Spanish, Russian, Polish (Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

 

2001

 

Human Rights in Practice: A guide to assist trafficked women and children

This is the result of a collaborative effort involving a number of activists from South East Asia. The manual aims to promote direct assistance for trafficked women and children within a human rights framework.

In order to ensure use of this manual by colleagues working in community based groups member organisations of GAATW have translated it into Bahasa Indonesia, Burmese, Chinese, Khmer, Lao, Thai and Vietnamese.

  • Selected chapters in Vietnamese (Concept of Trafficking, Laws and Legal Processes
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1999

 

Human Rights Standards for the Treatment of Trafficked Persons

The HRS is a collation of international human rights instruments which can be used to protect the rights of trafficked persons. A joint effort of member organisations and colleagues from like minded groups this has been used as a Lobby Document nationally and internationally.
 

Available in PDF:

English HRS1, HRS2 
Thai HRS1, HRS2 
 

 

1999

 

 

The Migrating Woman's Handbook

This manual was developed as part GAATW’s campaign to promote safe migration and fair working conditions. It provides practical information on arranging travel documents, and work permits, workers rights and wages, as well as suggestions on how to protect one’s rights.
 

Also available in Bahasa Indonesia (Download the chapter on Know Your Rights! in PDF format).

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1997

 

Trafficking in Women, Forced Labour and Slavery-like Practices

A report presenting the results of an international investigation on trafficking in women, forced labour & slavery-like practices in the contexts of marriage, domestic labour and prostitution, this document marks a major turning point in thinking and activism around trafficking. Initiated in 1995 in response to the invitation of the then UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, (SRVAW) the investigation was carried out by the Dutch Foundation Against Trafficking in Women (STV) and GAATW. A condensed version of the report was submitted to the SRVAW and the complete report was published in 1997.

A reprint with some revision, mainly in the layout and chapter division has been brought out in 1999.

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1997

Practical Guide to Assisting Trafficked Women

GAATW’s first effort to support groups working at the grassroots level this handbook contains information gathered from governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and legal and health experts. Written in a clear and simple style, this manual created a forum for discussion on the everyday aspect of anti-trafficking work among practitioners and promoted understanding of the human rights framework. (Out of Print)