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Subject: [Stop-traffic] note about my past message
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Fri Jul 14 2000 - 22:04:39 EDT

Dear list,

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Thank you!


>Kamala and Saul,
>I just wanted to respond to both of your posts about the
>trafficking/smuggling debate. I agree with you that most people
>don't understand the difference and I am beginning to feel that we
>need to create some new terms. However, I'm not sure if letting go
>of the term trafficking is the best thing right now. Maybe forcing
>people to use the terms correctly and making sure that they address
>all the types of trafficking of men, woman, boys and girls and the
>all different types of labor people are trafficked for would be more
>One of the biggest problems I see is that people still view
>trafficking of persons as equal to trafficking for forced
>prostitution. I think there are many organizations and journalists
>that continue to perpetuate this myth - trafficking in people for
>forced labor includes *all* types of labor - domestic servitude,
>agricultural labor, begging, sweatshop labor, to mention but a few.
>I believe that until organizations expand their understanding of the
>issue we will be continually trapped in a moral dialogue about
>prostitution and not a productive dialogue about how to stop the
>exploitation of hundreds of thousands of people every year.
>Maybe Saul is right to be a bit paranoid - maybe people are
>intentionally conflating the two terms in order to avoid dealing
>with the underlying human rights violations and the labor abuses.
>Maybe this is why people continue to conflate trafficking with
>forced prostitution.
>In reference to Beijing +5 - I was totally disappointed in the
>entire process. However, I was even more depressed about how people
>addressed trafficking - many countries still view trafficking as
>only relating to forced prostitution and do not understand that
>their own citizens are being trafficked and exploited in sweatshops,
>farms, and private houses around the world. They don't even want to
>address these types of exploitation as a trafficking issue. These
>countries stymied dialogue and consensus and created a document that
>is not internally consistent.
>Thanks, Melanie.....

Melanie Orhant <<morhant@igc.org>>
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