Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hanni Stoklosa, Bangkok, Thailand, Post-Natural Disaster Human Trafficking Prevention in Thailand

Blog Entry #1: Hanni Stoklosa, Bangkok, Thailand, Post-Natural Disaster Human Trafficking Prevention in Thailand


The United Nations defines trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, or deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. 
Here I am training our Thai research assistants


The International Labor Organization and the U.S. Department of State have long recognized Thailand as a hub of trafficking in southeast Asia. Economic disparity in the region helps to drive significant migration into Thailand from its neighbors, presenting traffickers opportunities to exploit those desperate for jobs.  Trafficking is a serious risk that is heightened when people are displaced, families separated, children orphaned, and livelihoods destroyed. Specifically, natural and man-made disasters may increase the risk of human trafficking by increasing their vulnerability by these means.  

Map of Thai flood water progression from disaster response organization

I am here in Thailand to explore the relationship between the devastating 2011 Thai flood and human trafficking, thereby informing prevention and protection efforts against trafficking in future disaster scenarios.

Canal community affected by Thai flood

Through a partnership with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok, and the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) at Mahidol University in Thailand I am leading a team of researchers in a qualitative research study on Post-Natural Disaster Human Trafficking Prevention in Thailand. Through rigorous semi-structured interviews with established disaster response and anti-human trafficking NGOs in Thailand, we will explore relationships between a natural disaster and human trafficking.


One of our partner organizations, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

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