Updated: Sep 14, 2021
Equanimity Foundation is pleased to share the second article of the EQF ID (Equanimity Foundation Inclusive Discourse) Issue 2. This article, written by Mathew Chemplayil, Rod Khattabi, and Alina Marquez Reynolds, explores the challenges associated with combating human trafficking, approaches used to find justice for survivors, and makes a call-to-action for everyone to fight against modern day slavery.
Human trafficking is a $150 billion global business that affects more than 25 million people worldwide. Many victims of human trafficking regularly interact with the public, but fear and trauma often prevent them from speaking out about the abuse they face. Since many people unknowingly encounter victims, human trafficking is often described as a crime that is hidden in plain sight. The general public is largely uninformed of the warning signs of exploitation. People also tend to be unaware that some of the food and goods they purchase are made by trafficking victims trapped in cycles of abuse. The article proposes effective and inclusive approaches to combatting human trafficking based on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) frameworks and the “4P model: prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships.”
We are thankful to the authors for their contribution to this timely and relevant piece:
Mathew Chemplayil is a Fellow at Equanimity Foundation (EQF). He has a background in international relations and development with a vested interest in South Asian politics as well as international labor migration.
Rod Khattabi is the Chief Accountability Officer & Justice Initiative Director, Grace Farms Foundation. He is responsible for all programs aligned with the mission to end modern day slavery, gender-based violence, and illegal wildlife trade, through effective policy, training, and advocacy.
Alina Marquez Reynolds, General Counsel and Justice Initiative Deputy Director, Grace Farms Foundation. She serves as the General Counsel and a Deputy Director of the Justice Initiative with a focus on prevention of gender-based violence.
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