Trafficking in Thailand

MTV Exit

Posted in Resources by constancedykhuizen on March 29, 2010

MTV Exit has provided a great resource on their website in the form of an entertaining anime-style cartoon to help educate people about trafficking. It can be difficult to stand and lecture specifically kids about the dangers of trafficking, because talking about it is not only culturally sensitive but also not a lot of fun, so this anime helps avoid losing audience interest. The best part is the soundtrack is available in English, Thai, Japanese, Tagalog and Mandarin so it can be widely used to educate about trafficking.

We have showed it to our students and they not only paid attention but also said that they learned something. They have other documentaries that target Western audiences as well (by using Angelina Jolie as narrator). They’re well executed (Radiohead!), informational and worth watching.

The purpose

Posted in Uncategorized by constancedykhuizen on March 27, 2010

I moved to Northern Thailand a year and a half ago to work for a trafficking prevention organization. Though this in no way qualifies me as an expert on the subject, at least a dozen people from back home have emailed me to ask what they can do to either find a job with an anti-trafficking organization or  how they can help with the problem in general. This blog is an answer to those questions.

The concept of “trafficking,” like the act itself, is difficult to pin down. I came here thinking that trafficking encompassed mainly forced labor and sex slavery, but trafficking is even bigger and uglier than that. My focus will be primarily on the problem of the sex trade in Thailand and how trafficking exacerbates social inequality, disease and ignored injustices. There are also many encouraging efforts to combat trafficking that are as varied as private orphanages, government initiatives and rehabilitation programs.

People may take issue with my definition of what is trafficking or what helps prevent trafficking, but really I’m just sharing my experience. In addition to providing information, I want to personally commit to really exploring issues instead of just taking it easy, as it is so tempting to do in the land of sanook (fun) and araigodai (whatever). Trafficking is quite the cause celebre right now (not to mention a centuries-old injustice), and I find myself smack dab in the middle of the largest recruiting grounds for the sex trade in the world. This blog is my answer to how to help, my personal research and my responsibility as someone living in northern Thailand.