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Human Trafficking: The Case of Burmese Refugees in Thailand

NCJ Number
245345
Journal
International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice Volume: 37 Issue: 4 Dated: 2013 Pages: 279-293
Author(s)
Alexandra Seltzer
Date Published
2013
Length
15 pages
Annotation
This article will discuss the conditions of displacement that contribute to human trafficking risks, particularly as they relate to the protracted refugee situation of Burmese in Thailand.
Abstract
With an estimated 30 protracted refugee situations around the globe, the number of refugees finding themselves in prolonged displacement is alarming. While demarcated refugee camps are a visible component of this phenomenon, the link between protracted displacement and increased risks of human trafficking is much less evident. Within refugee camps, the lack of law and order or police protection along with the presence of large numbers of helpless people create a pool of readily available supply for those who want to exploit them. This account will discuss the conditions of displacement that contribute to human trafficking risks, particularly as they relate to the protracted refugee situation of Burmese in Thailand. The case study will be followed by a number of policy and practice recommendations for the reduction of these risks. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.