has been influential in reframing the anti-trafficking debate in constructive
ways. Anti-trafficking discussions used to be dominated largely by organizations
who focused on "rescuing" (and converting) trafficking victims who
frequently ended up re-trafficked due to their untenable economic
circumstances, indebtedness and lack of skills or legal status.
debate has shifted towards prevention and recognition of the need for and the
creation of safety nets in the form of economic opportunities for those at
highest risk of trafficking. President Obama issued a proclamation naming
January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. While we at
PHT cannot take full credit for this shift, we are encouraged that our approach
is finally being recognized and supported. The success our organization has
enjoyed since 1999 is no doubt attributable to focusing international attention
on the root causes of human trafficking, and galvanizing support for locally
driven, sustainable solutions.