2013 Festival of Scholars
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Student Abstracts at this Session
and Daniel Chell and Kerissa Hollenbach
Dr. Akiko Yasuike
Human Trafficking or Sexual and Labor Exploitation?: Human Trafficking Issues in ThailandBased on the information gained during a travel seminar in Thailand, this study examined the current conditions and facilitating factors of human trafficking. The travel seminar visited several local and international non-profit organizations that focus on the prevention and intervention of human trafficking and/or the rehabilitation of the victims of human trafficking in Bangkok, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai. The study found that poverty in rural areas, armed conflict in Myanmar, the lack of citizenship, increased international trade in the region, cultural expectations, the improvement of economic opportunities for Thai, and corruption in the police and government all facilitate human trafficking in Thailand. The study also found that these factors contribute to the severe labor and sexual exploitation of workers, though they are not necessarily the victims of human trafficking. Based on the analysis above, the study evaluates how effectively the non-profit organizations are fighting against human trafficking.