In the African context, does ‘Human trafficking’ need a new definition?

The international debate on human trafficking packages the problem neatly, but offers few solutions for Africa. Combating human trafficking has become one of the biggest global challenges, attracting high-level pledges of support from world leaders, especially in the West. Barack Obama and Pope Francis both urged universal commitments in the fight against it; the UK…

Why is there still a migrant crisis in Europe? (audio)

I had the honour to be interviewed for BBC Radio 4’s The Briefing Room, explaining how a migrant would use a smuggler to get from West Africa to the Mediterranean. It was super to also hear the commentary of Mattia Toaldo of the European Council on Foreign Relations, as well as two other experts from IOM…

Podcast: In Migrant Crisis, When Are Smugglers ‘Saviors’?

Peter and I were pleased to be invited by TinySpark, a non-profit news program and podcast that reports on philanthropy, nonprofits and international aid, to do a podcast on Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savour.   We discuss our years-long investigation into the migration crisis, and the role of smugglers, and describe the complex portraits of those involved…