Radio Free Asia’s human trafficking series (above)recently the recipient of a major award for human rights journalism, represents a year of in-country research, one-on-one interviews, and video production. The project documents, among other topics, the advent of child soldier recruitment in Burma, labor abuse in China’s black factories, traffickers targeting refugee camps in Thailand, and North Korean mothers being forcibly wed in China.
Human trafficking generates some $32 billion each year, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
That makes it a threat of “extraordinary proportions,” says Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
- Educating intending migrant workers about labor laws and workplace rights in their own and foreign countries
- Helping to draft and pass improved anti-trafficking and safe migration legislation
- Training teachers to run school-based awareness programs
- Promoting union-run legal aid, counseling, and information centers
- Researching local, regional, and national trafficking trends and demographics
- Supporting common counter-trafficking initiatives between stakeholders
in sending and receiving countries
- Creating standardized reporting forms for use in police stations
Please join RFA on Thursday, May 24, beginning at 6 p.m. to view a half-hour documentary based on its human trafficking series. In a follow-up panel discussion, the project’s videographers will share their experience shooting the videos in dangerous environments. The event will be held at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Washington offices. Light refreshments will be served.
Thursday, May 24
at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
1201 Connecticut Avenue NW
*RSVP by May 21 to RSVP@rfa.org