Author: Thi Hoang, GI-TOC

Decades of wars and internal conflicts have driven generations and millions of Afghan families into impoverishment, illiteracy, unemployment, and displacement, rendering them unable to provide for their household members, particularly children. Political instability and conflicts have increased human suffering and vulnerabilities, eroded community resilience, stripped people of legitimate and viable economic options, opportunities, and livelihoods, as well as amplifying (in several cases also creating new forms of) human trafficking activities and practices.

Drawing on existing academic and grey literatures, expert interviews and media reports, this paper first provides a brief overview of human trafficking situations, forms, their widespread reach and practices in the Afghan context before and after the Taliban’s takeover in August 2021. Second, it discusses the potential implications and impact of various actors’ policies, intentions and perspectives both on the humanitarian crises in Afghanistan, and on human trafficking in particular. It argues for prioritising humanitarian assistance, and recommends that stakeholders pursue a pragmatic approach to responses and negotiations that puts human lives at its centre, to prevent worsening the humanitarian crises, exacerbating vulnerability to human trafficking, and further loss of life.

____

The Serious Organised Crime & Anti-Corruption Evidence (SOC ACE) research programme aims to help unlock the black box of political will for tackling organised crime, transnational corruption, kleptocracy and illicit finance through research that informs politically feasible, technically sound interventions and strategies.

For more papers and briefs on illicit markets in conflict contexts, please see the SOC ACE website: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/government/departments/international-development/research/soc-ace/index.aspx.

Human trafficking in the Afghan context: Caught between a rock and a hard place? - SOC ACE Research Paper, University of Birmingham, GI-TOC, 2022 DOWNLOAD
Human trafficking in the Afghan context: Caught between a rock and a hard place? - SOC ACE Briefing Note, University of Birmingham, GI-TOC, 2022 DOWNLOAD

post

page

attachment

revision

nav_menu_item

custom_css

customize_changeset

oembed_cache

user_request

wp_block

acf-field-group

acf-field

ai1ec_event

Interactive Map for Business of Anti-human Trafficking Initiatives and Organisations | Survey
News & AnalysisEvents

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) and the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking (GBCAT), two of the founding organisations of the Interactive Map for Business of Anti-human Trafficking Initiatives and...Read More

TAGS: Global
National Hotline 2019 Montana State Report
Graphics & InfographicsPublications

The data in this report represents signals and cases from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 and is accurate as of July 30, 2020. Cases of trafficking may be ongoing or new information may revealed to the National Hotline over time. Consequen...Read More

Quality Standards for Reporting Lines for Child Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism
GuidancePublications

These quality standards are a practical tool for the staff managing these reporting websites or wishing to create one. They cover several aspects, in particular: The checking of the background and the references of employeesThe processing of repo...Read More

Situational Assessment of Labor Migrants in Asia: Needs and Knowledge During COVID-19
COVID-19 resourcesPublications

Series Brief 1: Cambodia (June 2020) Between the months of February and May 2020, more than 90,000 labor migrants returned to Cambodia as the Covid-19 pandemic caused mass business and industry closures in destination countries such as neighborin...Read More

TAGS: Asia