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We started our podcast in October to give a policy and academic examination of human trafficking.

We started our podcast in October to give a policy and academic examination of human trafficking.
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We started our podcast in October to give a policy and academic examination of human trafficking.




Challenges of Using Software to Fight Human Trafficking

Seth and JJ talk about the challenges of using software to fight human trafficking, most notably on the Internet. Software tools like MEMEX and those produced by Thorn are essential in making connections across many forms of data, but algorithms can only do so much, and false positives and false negatives can occur. Sex and labor trafficking require different software approaches. Software targeting sex traffickers can analyze ads and forum postings across the web. Assessments and audits of...


Backpage.com and FOSTA

President Trump signed FOSTA into law on April 11, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017. Seth and JJ discuss the story of Backpage.com, and how it led to FOSTA being passed. Survivors have advocated for and against the law. While it has potential to be a useful tool against traffickers, there are concerns about how it may negative impact sex workers and free speech, due to ambiguous language and focusing on both sex trafficking and prostitution. Sources:...


Gun Trafficking

Guest Kyleanne Hunter​ of VetsForGunReform joins Seth and JJ to discuss how gun trafficking, drug trafficking, and human trafficking are linked via transnational criminal organizations, cartels, and gangs. They look at how guns are used as currency in illicit markets internationally, which is aided by lax guns law in the US. Lastly, they talk about the challenges of researching and discussing mitigation from a national security perspective. Sources: Kyleanne Hunter​ Kyleanne Hunter,...


Unaccompanied Alien Children in the TVPA

Seth and JJ explain the UAC law within the TVPA, along with the the challenges faced by the children and the US government in trying to manage the situation. The story of unaccompanied alien children isn't just what happens when they arrive at our border and possibly enter our county. It's what happens when they are turned away. It's about the journey there, and possibly back again. It's what can happen along the way. How we treat children at our borders makes a statement. It can't be just...


The Business of Human Smuggling

Seth and JJ talk about human smuggling as a business operation and explain how human smuggling is different from human trafficking. Who are the people involved in the business of human smuggling? How do people pay for smuggling and how much does it cost? How are people vulnerable in the smuggling process? Seth shares of few of his precarious experiences while transiting to Cambodia. JJ talks about snakeheads in China, including the infamous Sister Ping. Sources: Tinti, Peter and Tuesday...


Services for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Leanne McCallum, Task Force Coordinator for the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force, and Human Trafficking Center alum, joins Seth and JJ to talk about services available to survivors of human trafficking, some challenges survivors have in navigating services, and how service providers are collaborating in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sources: Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force Photo: Pixabay


Stigma, Erotic Service Provision, and the Consenting

Erotic service provider and adult play specialist Domina Elle on erotic service, decriminalization verses legalization, and the way the modern trafficking movement forgets or mischaracterizes consensual workers.


Human Trafficking Prevention Month with Expired TPVA

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, but the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) has expired. Seth and JJ talkd about how the Trump administration and a GOP Congress failed to reauthorize the TVPA, which means funding for many programs ended in 2017. Despite early indications that the Trump administration may prioritize anti-trafficking efforts, actions prove otherwise. Further, Homeland Security has further emphasized a Prosecution approach to...


No Country is a Shithole

President Donald Trump reportedly questioned, “Why do we need more Haitians?” and “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” in a meeting on Thursday, January 11th. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone discuss what happened at the meeting, and how this will have a negative impact on international relations, as well as human trafficking. The Trump administration's position on immigration is problematic even if Trump didn't say everything attributed to him, and a...


Slave Labor in the Production of Children’s Toys

With Christmas around the corner, hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone talk about slave and exploitive labor in the supply chain for children's toys, and how to research for toys with clear supply chains. JJ gives a few recommendations and explains how to search on EthicalConsumer.org. Sources: http://cutv.ws/documentary/watch-online/play/10486/Santa-s-Workshop https://www.huffingtonpost.com/ralph-nader/toys-from-abusive-chinese_b_6367122.html...


Libya: Slavery, Migration, and Conflict

CNN's footage of slave markets in Libya disturbed and outraged the world, as it should. It's an image we all want to be in the past. But while underground, slavery and slave auctions still exist. Migrations flows and trafficking in Libya are nothing new, though continued conflict in a failed state has greatly exacerbated the situation. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone talk about the recent conflict, displacement, trafficking, and how all that has created a situation where slave markets can...


What Surprised Us About Slavery and Trafficking

Seth and JJ talk about what surprised them as they began to learn about slavery and trafficking. Though more can and should be done to end slavery, which has been continually with us, chattel slavery was ended in England at a time when slavery was an accepted norm that it was foolhardy to fight. Things can change through the efforts of many everyday people, as it did when England ended slavery within its empire in 1833. Sources:...


Reproductive Health and Human Trafficking

Special guest Kate Morgan joins Seth Daire and JJ Janflone to talk about how reproductive health, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice intersect with human trafficking. Kate can be reached at kemorgan4@gmail.com or on Twitter @katie_thelady Sources: Reproductive Justice: A Handbook - https://drive.google.com/drive/search?q=reproductive%20justice BridgeHope website - https://www.bridgehopenow.org/ Youth and Comprehensive Sexuality Education (Colorado Guide) -...


Are Inmate Firefighters Trafficked by the State?

Over 1,700 inmates firefighters joined professional firefighters to stop the recent wildfires in Northern California. They are part of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Conservation Camp program, and make up a third of all firefighters in California, saving the state over $80 million, while being paid $2/day and between $1-2/hour. Seth Daire and JJ Janflone discuss what's good, and exploitative, about this program. Sources:...


Stealing Babies for International Adoptions

After giving an update on the status of the refugee ban, hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone discuss international child laundering, where young children are illegally taken from their parents and given to parents in another country without the new parents being aware the child still has parents who want their child. They discuss the story recently shared by Jessica Davis, and also share a story written by Scott Carney in his book, The Red Market. Sources:...


Blade Runner’s Synthetic Human Slaves

The sequel to Blade Runner was recently released, which makes it a good time to examine the synthetic human slaves known as replicants in the movie, and androids in the book. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone discuss the plight of replicants and compare it to a few historical forms of slavery. The sexual assault is also discussed. Sources: Blade Runner (1982) Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Dick, Philip K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. New York: Doubleday, 1968....


How Disasters Increase Vulnerability to Trafficking

With four hurricanes hitting the United States recently (and other parts of the world), many people are in vulnerable positions due to loss of communication, infrastructure, water, homes, and jobs. Seth Daire talks about the negative rhetoric in the US relating to Puerto Rico. JJ Janflone then goes deeper into how disasters make people vulnerable to human trafficking. Sources: http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/23/opinions/child-trafficking-natural-disasters/index.html...


Lord’s Resistance Army and Kony’s Child Soldiers

KONY2012 by Invisible Children propelled the story of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army into the spotlight in 2012. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone explain the history of the LRA before diving into survey results from a study by Chris Blattman. Hear what field research has to say about Kony's abducted child soldiers. Sources: http://chrisblattman.com/documents/research/2008.DDR.pdf http://www.enoughproject.org/files/GuluDispatch.pdf...


Rohingya: Forced Migration and Trafficking

Over 400,000 Rohingya are being forced to migrate from Myanmar. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone explain the context and how this makes the Rohingya, a stateless population, even more vulnerable. Rohingya have previously been subject to human trafficking while migrating, and International Organization for Migration noted that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar are “at the mercy” of human traffickers. Sources:...


Forced Gang Recruitment in Central America

Forced gang recruitment is a big problem in the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras), with migrants fleeing out of the region to other countries, including the US. Many are unaccompanied minors due to the fact that gangs are often targeting youth. Guest Amber Moffett joins host Seth Daire to discuss the problem and how human trafficking occurs within gangs and how it's creating hundreds and thousands of migrants, which are then vulnerable to trafficking en route to wherever...