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16 Days: Day 10

Today, in support of the 16 days campaign, we want to draw readers’ attention to these resources on migrant women’s experiences of  domestic violence and sexual exploitation in Ireland; the Immigrant Council of Ireland report Globalisation, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution – the Experiences of Migrant women in Ireland and Paula Fagan’s report Migrant Women and Domestic Violence in Ireland.

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  1. rubensni
    December 4, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    The Immigrant Council of Ireland report was seriously flawed as it relied on sources, particularly from the UK, that have been thoroughly debunked.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/oct/20/trafficking-numbers-women-exaggerated

  2. rubensni
    December 4, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    As well as relying on the flawed UK stats, there was very little original research in the ICI report (a grand total of 12 prostitutes interviewed), no conclusive definition of trafficking and a sweeping assumption that all trafficked women were being exploited. All it amounts to is a literature review based on flawed research, with chapter three in particular amounting to little more than a lurid documentation of a prostitution website (escortireland.com) with no evidence offered that the women advertised on the site were (a) trafficked, or (b) exploited. It is also worth pointing out that the ICI report was funded by the Sisters of Charity and not the state.

    If we are going to be serious about ending the trafficking of women to this country for the exploitation in the sex industry the research must not be flawed. As Amanda Kloer points out in the fourth response you yourself posted above Mairead (the humantrafficking.change blog:
    “The field of human trafficking desperately needs more studies, sounder methodologies, and better statistics so we can appropriately address what’s actually happening. I don’t know anyone who works in this area who disagrees that we need to know more. But we need most is an actual field of academic literature on this subject. Right now we have one study that says human trafficking is real and one that calls it a hoax. We have one estimate that there are 27 million moder-day slaves in the world and one that says 500,000. When the information is so different, it’s almost impossible to make policy decisions based on it.
    “For the time being, here are my answers. If you are person who loves math, statistics, and research methodologies, please go into this field. If you already in this field, do more and better research. And if you are an activist for this cause, please don’t give up on the very real victims out there while the academics get their act together.”

    I think that’s a point we can all agree on.

    Can I point out what I believe to be the best study in this field:
    Ward and Wylie (2006) “The Nature and Extent of Trafficking of Women into Ireland for the Purposes of Sexual Exploitation 2000 – 2006”
    available:
    http://www.nuigalway.ie/ssrc/documents/The%20Nature%20and%20Extent%20of%20Trafficking%20of%20Women%20into%20Ireland%20for%20the%20Purposes%20of%20Sexual%20Exploitation%20%282000-2006%29%20-%202007.pdf

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