Archive for February, 2015

UN-ACT February 2015 Newsletter

Go to UN-ACT February 2015 Newsletter for all the latest information on human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.…

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New UN-ACT Research Published

UN-ACT has published new research titled Migration experiences of Cambodian workers deported from Thailand in 2009, 2010 & 2012 under its publication series Human Trafficking Trends in Asia. The report can be downloaded by clicking on the above link or under tab ‘resources’, and then ‘research’.

The study draws on three datasets collected in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and thereby allows for the analysis of trends over time in the migration experiences of Cambodian workers deported from Thailand, including potential cases of human trafficking.

Some of the key findings include:

  1. There were marked improvements in the reported labour migration experiences over the three years of the research;
  2. Respondents that had worked on fishing boats were most likely to be coerced/deceived, exploited, and hence trafficked;
  3. Gender, age, education and knowledge about human trafficking did not play a significant role in determining whether a respondent would be deceived/coerced, exploited, and trafficked;
  4. Certain types of broker involvement in the recruitment and/or transportation of respondents were in some years associated with higher levels of human trafficking; other brokers, however, also played positive roles in respondents’ labour migration experiences.

There is a lot more in the report, including an analysis of socio-economic factors and other variables going beyond migration and human trafficking, which may be of interest to readers. The report concludes with a number of concise recommendations for action to anti-trafficking stakeholders.

Enjoy reading the report and share widely!

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Introducing the UN-ACT China Website

The UN-ACT China Office manages an additional website to provide information and news about human trafficking that is specifically relevant to China. Importantly, much of this information is available in both English and Mandarin.

With a population of over 1.3 billion people, only a small percentage of whom speak English, China represents an enormous potential audience of people who, thanks to the information available on UN-ACT’s China website, can access laws (both national and international), declarations, conventions and agreements related to human trafficking, in Mandarin, from a single resource centre. Research reports and publications on human trafficking are also available, and the website is regularly updated with relevant human trafficking news and developments from China and the region.

The website enjoys significant popularity, with more than 300,000 page visits in 2014.

The site links to the regional UN-ACT website, and also features links to 27 relevant Chinese ministerial websites, along with links to international organisations working on human trafficking issues such as the ILO, UNICEF, and IOM. Head over to the China website and have a look at the wealth of information available in two languages at

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Introducing Partners: The Freedom Registry

The Freedom Registry is part of the Freedom Collaborative, a free of charge online platform that aims to address trafficking and exploitation of men, women and children by increasing information sharing and networking between anti-trafficking stakeholders (NGOs, government agencies, academics and private sector). Organizations and individuals are invited to join the platform at

In addition to containing the most practical information about stakeholders’ locations and programs, Freedom Registry will also document organizations’ implementation of international good practices to better inform, research, referrals and program choices.  The global Freedom Registry platform will increase the information available for cross-border referrals and regional collaboration.


By fostering collaboration, we draw on the combined strengths of every party creating a more informed, influential and effective response, by:

●     Facilitating connectivity and referrals through developing national Freedom Registry steering committees, engaging national anti-trafficking stakeholders and providing a secure evidence exchange and victim referral system
●     Inspiring commitment to standards in excellence, vetting organizations joining Freedom Registry and developing national and regional Freedom Dialogs on emerging and critical issues and relevant responses
●     Improving access to knowledge and resources through national resources in local languages to Freedom Library, linking the Freedom Registry community to a secure tool to share illicit trade intelligence and connecting Freedom Registry community to legal advice and support


Founded as a coalition in Cambodia in 2005, Chab Dai is an international organization working to address human trafficking and exploitation through coalition-building, advocacy and research. The desire of Chab Dai is to see the global anti-trafficking movement increase its capacity to collaborate, develop inter-country and cross-border referral mechanisms, and learn from one another on evidence-based practices and emerging issues.

The vision behind Chab Dai’s Freedom Registry project began in 2009. While contextualizing the organization’s ethos and vision in the development, Chab Dai realized that due to the rapid growth of the anti-trafficking sector, a vital first step in increasing collaboration and networking was to identify where stakeholders were located, and what they were doing.

Freedom Registry was collaboratively designed by a steering committee of individuals representing 7 national organizations, including practitioners, law enforcement, academics, and policy advocates.  It was then piloted in 2011 among 30 anti-trafficking stakeholders, and launched to the public in March 2012 in the USA. Currently, the Freedom Registry platform consists of over 900 anti-trafficking organizations both in the USA and globally.


Freedom Library:
The Freedom Library is an online international, multi-lingual resource library where participants will have the ability to access, share, discuss and rate resources, toolkits and other research.  The library currently has 2100 + resources. All resource can be commented, discussed and voted on through the platform. The filtering of the library items is responsive to whichever is most up voted and commented on. The Freedom Library can be accessed here:

Freedom Dialogues:
Freedom Dialogs are online video dialogues among invited participants on emerging issues and responses to global trafficking and exploitation. These dialogs can be viewed in The Freedom Library:

Future Features:
The next generation of platform features will include a needs matching and collaboration system, legal advice and support, a tip-off and secure evidence exchange system and secure victim referral system.…

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