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…

What Pricing Tells Us About the Nature of the Smuggling Business

We are trying to combat an industry that we refuse to properly analyze, I explained via a blog on Refugees Deeply. More and better data on pricing and payments to smugglers could inform policies that actually reduce smugglers’ profits and provide for better migration planning. West Africans return to Niger from Libya on March 31, 2017. AFP/ISSOUF…

Conflating Human Trafficking and Smuggling belies good responses: Review of ‘Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour’

European leaders conflating human traffickers and human smugglers is not just inaccurate. It speaks to the ignorance and/or deliberate manipulation of facts at the heart of their policy responses.   Thanks to James Wan, African Arguments, for this excellent review of our book, Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour.  First published on African Arguments, 18 October, 2016. As the mass movement…