Project member Aziza Ahmed has penned a terrific piece in the latest issue of Foreign Policy: ”Think Again: Prostitution — Why zero tolerance makes for bad policy on world’s oldest profession.” You can view the article online here.
Two of our Project members – Anne Gallagher and Martina Vandenberg – recently participated in the annual Trust Women conference. The text of Anne Gallagher’s keynote address, entitled “Human Trafficking: From outrage to action” can be found here.
In the past month, the State of New York has introduced 11 new Human Trafficking Intervention Courts (including Buffalo and Rochester, near where I live in upstate NY). According to the New York Times, the new courts are modeled after three pilot projects that had been established earlier in New York City, and the “initiative is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.”
The NY law resembles the federal U.S. law in targeting force, fraud and coercion (what the national law dubs “severe forms” of trafficking). Included in its list of punishable offenses is...