Migrant Workers

Collaborative Approaches in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

20 July 2017

By John Morrison, Chief Executive, IHRB

Image: ©ILO

John Morrison delivered the opening remarks for a panel on collaborative approaches at OSCE's conference on the public-private partnership in the fight against human trafficking. The conference was held in Moscow on 20-21 July 2017.

John started by saying:

"Collaborative approaches are not just desirable, they are essential if progress is to be made to end the business of human trafficking.

That said, collaborative approaches are not easy. They need to be more than governments or businesses funding civil society organisations to implement programmes. It is first essential to understand the true nature of the economic model behind human trafficking that you are seeking to disrupt. Who is making money and out of whom? Where are the leverage points? What is the nature of the demand – usually desperate human beings – and what kinds of interventions are likely to work? Without clarity of purpose and clear time-frames, effective action will be impossible. Business, government and civil society all have different motivations and will certainly not agree on everything, nor should they. So a mission and objectives, as well as a set of outcomes that can be measured, are essential for effective collaboration."

Download full speech here.

 

Image: Flickr/ILO

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