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The Nexus of Exploitation: The Global Economy, Human Trafficking and the Marginalized
April 1 @ 8:00 am - April 2 @ 5:00 pm
This year’s symposium will explore the nexus between the global economy and human trafficking. Governments are complicit in perpetuating trafficking through legal, political, economic, and social systems, that create situations which enable work conditions similar to slavery and trafficking. Global supply chains favor corporations, and businesses regulate the economy in their own interests. In their efforts to drive down costs, corporations subcontract and outsource production to manufacturers in the developing nations. Neoliberal policies exacerbate vulnerability to trafficking as they displace people on the margins of world markets forcing them to migrate in search of jobs, accept precarious work, and, in some cases, sell organs. We will focus on efforts by community organizations, grassroots activist groups, intergovernmental initiatives, and regional social, economic and political, organizations that address these dynamics.