With so much in the news in recent years about human trafficking and its prevalence in the country, Cambodia has become a popular destination for people who have a heart to help others. Coming into this field however, can be a tricky thing. Assumptions about how the human trafficking business works, interchanging words that have different meanings, and conflicting information can make it easy to get lost while working in this field.
Realizing this gap needed to be addressed, we at Chab Dai launched our newest venture this past week, a class entitled ‘Anti-Human Trafficking Training.’ This four hour training focused on teaching the basics on the subject. This included the complex issue of vocabulary, the methods and means of traffickers, common misconceptions, and a brief history.
With a smaller intimate setting, time was also taken to open discussion about some issues with the attendees. Each came from a different non-government organization and could speak to the different approaches and lexicon used by their non-profit. With a handful having a more extensive background in human trafficking, a more comprehensive picture began to take shape.
Chab Dai also took the opportunity to invite a member of the prevention team and case support to come in and speak about their strategies to help those effected by traffickers. Opening the room up to questions, a conversation was started about best practices and how to best help clients of these represented organizations. The class evaluations came back with highly positive reviews and though there are aspects that need a bit of tweaking, it seems to be a successful venture!
We are hopeful that this class was only a trial run for more to come! Our second class is already in the works. It is through efforts like this that we remember our roots here at Chab Dai- to train, build up, and connect organizations and people to one another that we may better counteract the trafficking network with a network for good.
Top Five Facts
The term “Exploitation” defines both ‘Human trafficking’ and ‘Modern Slavery,’ but there are differences between those two terms in relation to one another.
Labor trafficking is just as prevalent, if not more prevalent, in comparison to sex trafficking.
Each organization may refer to the individuals they work with differently, using terms like ‘client,’ ‘participant,’ or ‘survivor.’
Perpetrators of trafficking are not always middle aged males. In fact, there has been an uptick in Cambodia of younger female traffickers.
Many labor traffickers do not consider their actions ‘evil.’ In fact, they may see themselves as doing their laborers a favor by giving them work and adopt an almost paternal role.