Report: "Trafficking in women, forced labour and slavery-like practices in marriage, domestic labour and prostitution."

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marjan wijers (
Thu, 16 Apr 1998 11:22:16 +0200

April 1997, The Netherlands, Marjan Wijers & Lin Lap-Chew.

Prepared by the Foundation Against Trafficking in Women (STV) in the
Netherlands and the Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women, based in
Thailand (GAATW), on the request of the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence
Against Women, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy.

Published by:
GAATW/ Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women
191 Sivalai Condominium, Itsaraphap Road 33
Bangkok 10600, Thailand
Tel: ++ 66-2-864-1427/28
Fax: ++ 66-2-864-1637

Foundation Against Trafficking in Women (STV)
Postbox 1455
3500 BL Utrecht, The Netherlands
Tel: ++ 31-30-2716044
Fax: ++ 31-30-2716084


The report presents the results of an international investigation on
trafficking in women, forced labour and slavery-like practices in the
contexts of marriage, domestic labour and prostitution, carried out by the
Foundation Against Trafficking in Women (STV), based in the Netherlands, in
collaboration with the Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women
(GAATW), based in Thailand.

The investigation was initiated in response to the invitation of the United
Nations' Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its causes and
consequences, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, to submit a global report on
trafficking in women and forced prostitution. A preliminary version of the
report was presented to the Special Rapporteur in October 1996.

The International Report Project had a double objective. Next to providing
the Special Rapporteur with the relevant information for her report to 53rd
session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in April 1997, the project
aimed at furthering the work of NGOs by strengthening and mobilising
contacts in the field and bringing together information and networks.
This second objective made it imperative to organize the investigation in a
manner that involved as many people as possible and set in motion a process
of regional and international consultations. These consultations brought
together anti-trafficking groups, sexworkers' rights activists,
organizations of domestic workers, migrant workers organizations, human
rights and labour advocates, scholars and activist writers, thus
contributing to network-building on the local, regional and international

The added value of the report, published in April 1997, is that the very
process of its compilation helped to compare, clarify and improve
methodologies and strategies for work aimed at ensuring the rights of women
who have become subjected to abusive practices within the scope of what is
commonly referred to as "trafficking in women". The report is written in
the hope that it will contribute to the development of new conceptual
frameworks and strategies, which are based on the legal and social
recognition of women as autonomous individuals in all spheres of life and

Copies of the full report can be ordered from the Foundation Against
Trafficking in Women (STV)
P.O.Box 1455, 3500 BL Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Phone: ++ 31-30-2716044/ fax: ++ 31-30-2716084/ e-mail:

Price per copy: Dutch guilders 30.- / US $ 15 (excl. postage)

Foundation Against Trafficking in Women/ Stichting Tegen Vrouwenhandel (STV)
P.O.Box 1455
3500 BL Utrecht, The Netherlands
Tel.: + 31 30 2716044
Fax: + 31 30 2716084
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12-14 June (Friday-Sunday) 1998
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...US Colonization of the Philippines and its impact
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                3. Women, the Migrants of the 21st Century
                4. The Adversarial Language: Third World and
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