Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rights Work Queries the Department of State on its Human Trafficking Statistics and Methodology

Rights Work has recently sent a detailed letter to Ambassador CdeBaca at the Department of State Trafficking in Persons Office, asking for a response with regard to unsubstantiated claims in recent Trafficking in Persons (TIP) reports.
Rights Works states

Last month, 15 researchers and advocates sent a letter to the U.S. Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons’ Ambassador CdeBaca to request evidence for a number of statements made in a public document about “fighting sex trafficking by curbing demand for prostitution.

The letter expresses concerns about a number of assumptions contained in the document:

We are deeply concerned that these assumptions are not proven in any empirically meaningful way, and believe that they only serve to deflect attention away from the structures and actors that in fact lead to trafficking of women, men and children. The proposals and statements in the document threaten to divert precious resources from protecting victims of trafficking who urgently need help into a politically contested and futile anti-prostitution campaign.

The letter is now being released and Ambassador CdeBaca’s response will also be posted when received. Read the letter here.

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