Concerns around trafficking, forced labour and slavery (TFLS) have grown in recent years, with increasing attention being paid to TFLS within businesses' supply chains. In response, a diverse range of initiatives have been launched to address the TFLS-supply chain nexus. Seeking to map and understand this emerging field of intervention, Siobhan McGrath and Fabiola Mieres have recently completed a project documenting and analysing these initiatives as part of the DemandAT project on 'demand side measures against trafficking'.
In this video four principles for addressing TFLS in and through supply chains are recommended: 1) It is time to go ‘beyond compliance’ to responsibility for ethical supply chains; 2) Initiatives need to be enforceable and have significant consequences; 3) Genuine worker participation is critical; 4) Public regulation to protect workers’ and migrants’ rights and labour standards is crucial.
In this blog, Marjan Wijers comments on the DemandAT policy brief on the prevention of exploitation and trafficking in the sex work sector drawing on her own experience of the drafting of Article 9(5) of the UN Trafficking Protocol which she participated in as a member of the Human Rights Caucus. Discussing the origins of the demand-provision in the Protocol, she pleads for a research that offers policy makers analytical tools and data that can help clarifying debates on demand-side measures, while pleading for a return to a universal human rights approach in designing prostitution policies and legislation.
How To Design Evaluable Anti-Trafficking Campaigns: Six Basic Steps
By Nobert Cyrus and Dita Vogel
University of Bremen
DemandAT research on campaigns found a surprising lack of evaluation of the impact of demand-side campaigns. Stressing the need to learn more about the impact of the campiagns we conduct when tackling human trafficking the project has designed this manual. It is intended as a tool to support actors in the field when designing campaigns.
Published in Psychosociological Issues in Human Resource Management this article is a re-working of DemandAT Working Paper 3. This article rehearses economic understandings of demand and the key terms to which it relates: supply, price and market. A qualitative content analysis approach is used to develop a greater understanding of the ways in which the idea of demand (and related concepts) are deployed in discussions of trafficking as related to migration, prostitution and labor policy. The analysis reveals terminological ambiguities in the way the term 'demand' is currently used in anti-trafficking debates that hamper progress in generating understanding of the mechanisms that lead to criminal forms of exploitation.