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Study of Thailand’s Recent Efforts to Counter Human Trafficking

On June 30, 2016, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) released a study detailing Thailand’s initiatives to counter human trafficking over the past five years. The report, supported by a research grant from the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, DC,  contains a review of documents and interviews with experts in the field of trafficking prevention, as well as an assessment of the methodologies of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office).

In summary, JHSPH found that there is significant disagreement between stakeholders surrounding what Thailand has accomplished in their efforts to counter human trafficking, and JHSPH concludes that the disagreements are both the cause, and the result of, great mistrust between public and private stakeholders. Additionally, there is also a dispute regarding whether or not the TIP Reports utilize reliable assessment measures and ranking criteria.

Click here to read the full report. 

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