Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings

Collateral Damage: The impact of trafficking measures on human rights around the world

Collateral Damage: The impact of trafficking measures on human rights around the world

Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), 2007, 277 pages

The anthology reviews the impact of anti-trafficking measures on human rights in eight specific countries (Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, India, Nigeria, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States).

Each country chapter provides an overview of the human trafficking situation, the current legal framework, specific laws and policies and their implications on key groups of people. Each chapter raises questions such as if a significant numbers of people have been able to better exercise their human rights as a result of the anti-trafficking initiatives that have been taken? Or have these initiatives had a markedly negative impact on many individuals' enjoyment of human rights – especially those who are generally supposed to be helped by anti-trafficking measures?  Unfortunately the answers are often no. 

Finally, the anthology emphasises the critical need for a re-assessment of anti-trafficking initiatives worldwide in order ensure that migrant and trafficked persons do not become "victims" of anti-trafficking.