An Opinion: Working Papers Need Work

BY KATIE JONES, The Boston Globe

The Commission on the Status of Women introduced a slew of ideas to combat the various forms of human trafficking that exist. Four distinct groups have formed, all sharing creative ideas on how to tackle the dark sphere of trafficking.

GIRL-PWR, a bloc featuring countries from Africa, Brazil, and Tanzania, immediately established that “human trafficking is less of a poverty issue, and more of a law enforcement issue”. This statement is rather troubling, as the Boston Globe has reported multiple countries have linked human trafficking directly to poverty.

Why is this statement questionable? If human trafficking is not really a poverty issue, why do most individuals of low economic standing enter the trafficking industry? The root of the issue is that individuals must create some form of income to survive. This can include legal and illegal activities. One must consider that perhaps those who enter the trafficking ring need money – this is not an activity you engage in for the “thrill” of it.

Additionally, law enforcement has actually significantly improved in tracking and cracking human trafficking rings. In 2018, 277 individuals were arrested in connection to just one trafficking ring in Florida. This is one of the many busts that law enforcements have been able to accomplish.

While human trafficking is still a law enforcement issue, it would be more appropriate to suggest that it could be greatly reduced by stopping the issue before it even starts. This means combating poverty, and using law enforcement to solve attacks that have already occurred.

SHIFT the Narrative bloc presenting the working paper.

SHIFT the Narrative, a block featuring P-5 powerhouse Russia, has partnered with the School Sisters of Notre Dame to provide Recruitment Facilitation Centers for victims seeking migration opportunities. These Recruitment Facilitation Centers would be extremely beneficial for rehabilitating and reintroducing victims into a new society, one that they can feel safe in.

The Boston Globe applauds SHIFT the Narrative for finding a way to turn a crisis into a learning opportunity. With these Recruitment Facilitation Centers, there will be basic language training, and teachers will be students from an exchange partnership program with the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

The United States has signed onto the bloc, Better Together. One aspect of this working paper focuses on holding internet service providers accountable for hosting sex trafficking sites on their servers. The Boston Globe would like to respectfully offer a correction to this, as sex trafficking sites are most commonly found on the deep web. Internet service providers are not classically capable of monitoring the deep web, therefore they cannot be held responsible for the circulation of these sites. If this is the case, how can the Commission on the Status of Women hold providers legally accountable? Additionally, for service providers in developing nations with little structure, how will funding be provided to improve monitoring technologies?

In the last bloc, POWER, there is an immediate call to create a third party task force under the United Nations Security Council. This task force would be compiled by peacekeepers. The Boston Globe would like to call upon POWER to explain why peacekeepers are the correct option, given the various reported cases of sex abuse crimes committed by peacekeepers. How can victims of trafficking trust a peacekeeper knowing this information?

Overall, the working papers are extremely dense and hold a valuable amount of solutions and information about human trafficking. The Boston Globe applauds all delegates in the committee, and looks forward to a progressive solution that protects our citizens.

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