The Modern Slave Trade
Public Health Impacts

Summary

THE MODERN SLAVE TRADE: Public Health Impacts
Presented in Collaboration with PRI’S The World & WGBH

A global scourge, human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that traps millions of people in lives of forced labor and sexual exploitation. Political instability and extremism leave people, especially women and children, vulnerable to predation. In this Forum, anti-trafficking and human rights experts convened to discuss the public health implications of the shadowy world of trafficking. What drives and sustains the industry? How are governments, NGOs, and other agencies fighting trafficking in their communities, including in the U.S.? What interventions work? And why is this issue so important to public health?

Brief Video Highlights

Presented in Collaboration with PRI'S The World & WGBH

Image Credit: Getty Images l Jonas Gratzer

  • Marjorie

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  • The Forum Moderator

    Welcome everyone. Our event will start in about 10 minutes.

    • James

      Has the event started yet? I still only see the screen with background music

      • James

        got it, I see it now, thanks

        • The Forum Moderator

          Great. Thanks for joining

  • The Forum Moderator

    Today’s event is in collaboration with PRI’s The World & WGBH

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    We’ll be starting in a few minutes.

  • The Forum Moderator

    We’re about to begin. Thanks so much for joining us today!

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    Our event has begun.

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    Today’s panelists include Jaqueline Bhabha, Dan Vexler, Jocelyn Kelly and, joining remotely, Martina Vandenberg. And our moderator is Phillip Martin from WGBH.

  • Kate Kersten Beamon

    This will be saved right? I can come back and watch this later too?

    • The Forum Moderator

      Yes. We will post the video on demand on this website later this week. We also will post it on YouTube and iTunesU. Thanks for asking!

  • The Forum Moderator

    This video is courtesy of The Freedom Fund and shows some of the many faces of people forced into trafficking.

    • Kenny Sumner

      How long will you keep it on your website? I really would like to use it in presentations we make.

      • The Forum Moderator

        Hi, Not sure if you are referring to The Freedom Fund short video — that full video is on their site http://freedomfund.org/. But the video of this Forum event will be posted on this page permanently. An archive of all of our videos is here: http://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/

        • The Forum Moderator

          I should add that we also will post a transcript in a week or two, too, on this site.

  • The Forum Moderator

    To learn more about the Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Program at the FXB center, you can go here: http://fxb.harvard.edu/program-on-human-trafficking-and-forced-labor/

  • The Forum Moderator

    Dire poverty and economic-social need are big drivers of trafficking, exacerbated by inequalities, says Bhabha.

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    We’ll have a brief Q&A at the end of this session. You can post questions for the panelists here, or email them to theforum@hsph.harvard.edu

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    Dan Vexler has joined us today from The Freedom Fund: http://freedomfund.org/ The organization resulted
    from 3 groups — Humanity United, Legatum Foundation and Walk Free Foundation

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    People are preyed upon by systems that rely on trafficking, says Vexler.

  • Kate Kersten Beamon

    What efforts should Europe and the world take to protect Syrian refugees entering the EU from traffickers and labor exploitation? Are efforts already being made by NGOs and EU governments that the panelists are aware of? These refugees are among the most vulnerable in the world.

    • The Forum Moderator

      Thanks Kate! We held an event a few weeks ago about the refugee and migrant crisis, and Jacqueline Bhabha spoke in that event as well. I believe that she can speak to the vulnerabilities of these refugees to trafficking. I will pass the question along, and, if you’re interested, the video of the refugee crisis event is here: https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/the-european-refugee-and-migrant-crisis/

  • The Forum Moderator

    The Women in War program that Jocelyn Kelly directs is described here: http://hhi.harvard.edu/research/women-in-war

  • The Forum Moderator

    Phillip Martin’s special report on trafficking, Underground Trade, can be accessed here: http://wgbhnews.org/underground-trade-boston-bangkok

  • The Forum Moderator

    This PSA is courtesy of GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services). Moe about their work is here: http://www.gems-girls.org/)

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    Martina Vandenberg founded The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center to connect trafficking survivors and lawyers: http://www.htprobono.org/about-us/mission/

  • Latasha

    Isn’t Atlanta airport also considered a ‘hub’ for trafficking?

    • Kate Kersten Beamon

      Atlanta is such a magnet for traffickers and trafficking. Such a busy airport.

    • The Forum Moderator

      I didn’t know that. Thanks for asking. I’ll pass it along. Seems like airports are one place that present opportunities for law enforcement to keep an eye out for potential trafficking and to intercede.

      • Latasha

        Yes, there are many advocate groups working on the issue of trafficking here in Atlanta and generally in the southern region aka ‘bible belt’.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Low prosecution numbers suggest that we need to create a deterrence against trafficking using every legal tool available, notes Vandenberg.

  • The Forum Moderator

    We’ll begin our Q&A shortly. Thank you again to viewers who have posted their questions or emailed them.

  • Mark-Andrew

    what about exploitation of illegal migrants by employers, landlords, traffickers?

  • The Forum Moderator

    Our event may run a few minutes long today, and we hope you can stay with us.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Thank you all for joining us today. The full-length video of this event will be posted here in the next few days. We also will post the video on iTunesU and YouTube. And the podcast will be posted on this site, iTunesU and SoundCloud.

  • Mark-Andrew

    Great forum on the description of exploitation and modern slavery! But I didn’t really hear much about the actual public health impact (as the title of the forum had promised). Besides the obvious (violence, STI’s), are there other public health impacts that we need to know about?

    • The Forum Moderator

      Thanks Mark-Andrew. We’ll see if any of our panelists can come to our web page later and post some observations about specific public health impacts. I think you have given us fodder for another event. So many aspects we can examine in this really important topic.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Thanks all for joining us!

    • Latasha

      thank you.