4.6 – Slavery in Europe & the Middle East

I encourage you to complete all the readings, but you are only required to answer the questions on either slavery in the Europe or the Middle East. Choose one.

Europe

European Union, Trafficking in Human Beings, 2014 summary, and Anti-H.T. Strategy
Survivors of Slavery
, 36-37, 69-102, 107-111, 184-191
Guardian, “Human Trafficking Victims and Drug Factories”

Read as much as you have time for, all of it is thought-provoking. If you are interested in learning more about slavery in a specific country, I highly recommend you read the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report from 2016.

Discussion questions for Europe

What are some of the most common countries of origin for victims of human trafficking in Europe?

How do human traffickers in Europe gain and exert control over their victims?

In what ways are victims of human trafficking employed?

Why does human trafficking occur in Europe?

What steps have governments in Europe taken to combat human trafficking? How successful have those strategies been?

The Middle East

Survivors of Slavery, 196-206

International Labor Organization, “Tricked and Trapped: Human Trafficking in the Middle East” (focus on 13-17, 44-66)

New York Times, “To Maintain Supply of Sex Slaves, ISIS Pushes Birth Control”

Independent, “Former Yazidi Sex Slaves Take up Arms for Revenge”

 

Read as much as you have time for, all of it is thought-provoking. If you are interested in learning more about slavery in a specific country, I highly recommend you read the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report from 2016.

Discussion questions for the Middle East

What are some of the most common countries of origin for victims of human trafficking in the Middle East?

How do human traffickers in the Middle East gain and exert control over their victims?

In what ways are victims of human trafficking employed?

Why does human trafficking occur in the Middle East?

What are some of the obstacles to reducing human trafficking/forced labor in the Middle East?

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