Festival of Scholars

An annual celebration of research, scholarship, and creativity

April 27 - May 1, 2015

Fighting Against Human Trafficking: A Report From Thailand

Date: Friday, May 3, 2013
Time: 9:15am - 10:20am
Location: Roth Nelson Room
Description: Three students who participated in the Thai Travel seminar during winter break in 2013 will present what they learned about an issue of human trafficking while in Thailand. All are welcome!

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Student Abstracts at this Session

Madison Pardi
and Daniel Chell and Kerissa Hollenbach

Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Akiko Yasuike
Human Trafficking or Sexual and Labor Exploitation?: Human Trafficking Issues in Thailand

Based on the information gained during a travel seminar in Thailand, this study examined the current conditions and facilitating factors of human trafficking. The travel seminar visited several local and international non-profit organizations that focus on the prevention and intervention of human trafficking and/or the rehabilitation of the victims of human trafficking in Bangkok, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai. The study found that poverty in rural areas, armed conflict in Myanmar, the lack of citizenship, increased international trade in the region, cultural expectations, the improvement of economic opportunities for Thai, and corruption in the police and government all facilitate human trafficking in Thailand. The study also found that these factors contribute to the severe labor and sexual exploitation of workers, though they are not necessarily the victims of human trafficking. Based on the analysis above, the study evaluates how effectively the non-profit organizations are fighting against human trafficking.