Posts bySeth Daire

2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

The Department of State released their annual Trafficking in Persons Report on June 27, 2017. Seth Daire and JJ Janflone give an overview of the report, including an explanation of tiers, a discussion of methodology, and how politics has affected tier rankings from the beginning. JJ also provides a case

Comfort Women: WWII Japan’s Military Sex Slaves

This episode contains graphic descriptions and explicit content. Women were recruited, coerced, and abducted on a mass scale, to be systematically raped by soldiers and officers, by order of the Japanese military during World War II. Seth Daire and JJ Janflone shine light on the horrific abuse these women experienced.

The Handmaid’s Tale: Slavery Reborn

SPOILERS. Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel. Seth Daire and JJ Janflone explain the context of the story, then discuss the similarities with American antebellum slavery, how the story conveys agency and oppression, and why it’s an example of slavery rather than trafficking. Sources:

North Korea: Internal Forced Labor and Prison Camps

What do we know about forced labor in North Korea? Seth Daire and JJ Janflone discuss key research and investigative reports about how forced labor is utilized in North Korea, which a specific focus on the kwan-li-so political prisoner camps. JJ also discusses North Korea’s abduction project. Source: https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/countries/2016/258797.htm https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/07/05/north-koreas-caste-system

Strippers and Labor Rights

Do exotic dancers deserve workers rights? Denver dancers join the ranks of erotic services workers across the US with a lawsuit against club Shotgun Willies, that demands these dancers no longer be treated as exploited independent contractors, but rather as respected employees. Exotic dancing, lawful protection and worker rights, and

Fair Trade Roses, Bananas, Cosmetics, and Fashion

A look at Fair Trade for other products. Seth Daire discusses fair trade standards for hired labor on plantations by looking at reports for roses and bananas. JJ Janflone discusses fair trade for cosmetics by looking at Lush, Shiro, Dr. Bronner’s, then finishes with a discussion of fashion. Podcast: Play

Can Clones Consent? Star Wars and Slavery

SPOILERS. The Star Wars universe includes multiple instances of slave-like practices. On this May the 4th, guest Robert Grant joins hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone to discuss clones, stormtroopers, Jaba’s criminal organization, sentient droids, voluntary life debt, and how science fiction and fantasy give us a context to reflect

Does Fair Trade Mean Slave-Free?

Fair Trade certification is one approach to improving the lives of farmers, particularly coffee producers. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone discuss what fair trade means and how it doesn’t really address the needs of the farmworkers who harvest the coffee. Though the certification prohibits forced labor, no evidence has

Psychological Coercion in Human Trafficking Laws

The role of psychological coercion within human trafficking was codified in the Trafficking Victims Prevention Act (TVPA). Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone give an overview of anti-slavery legislation leading to the TVPA and explain why coercion can be hard to prove. JJ also talks about Colorado House Bill 1072

Psychological Abuse is Inherent to Human Trafficking

Nonphysical abuse through psychological and emotional means is an integral component of trafficking and slave-like practices. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone discuss Seth’s unpublished paper on the topic that ties together psychological coercive methods used in trafficking, torture, and domestic abuse. The loss of control and identity that can

LGBTQ People and Human Trafficking

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and queer people are among those trafficked for sex and labor. Hosts JJ Janflone and Seth Daire discuss how they can be vulnerable to trafficking and ways to address the needs of LGBTQ people. Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts |

Thomas Jefferson: Trafficker, Rapist, or Gentlemen?

Did Thomas Jefferson, a slaveholder, father children with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings? While this hasn’t been proven with certainty, it raises questions relevant to modern slavery. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone explain the story and discuss related issues like rape, consent, agency, and how society views antebellum

Saudi Arabia and Human Trafficking

Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone examine human trafficking in Saudi Arabia, including how the kafala system has been abused to keep migrant women in situations of domestic servitude. Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Play | Stitcher |

DRC Conflict Mineral Rule and Forced Labor

The Trump administration may suspend the DRC Conflict Mineral rule that requires US public companies disclose whether they have conflict minerals (cassiterite, wolframite, and coltan, and gold) in their supply chain from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone look at how conflict minerals are

Trump Statement and EO about Trafficking

President Trump met with anti-slavery organizations at the White House on February 23rd and signed the Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking on February 9th. Host Seth Daire and JJ Janflone give credit to the new administration for bringing attention to human trafficking,

Ashton Kutcher Testifies to Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Ashton Kutcher of Thorn and Elisa Massimino of Human Rights First testified about their anti-trafficking work and gave recommendations to Bob Corker’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee on February 15, 2017. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone share highlights and discuss  post-trafficking services and labor trafficking in supply chains. Sources: https://www.c-span.org/video/?424036-1/ashton-kutcher-testifies-modern-slavery-human-trafficking

Visa Bans, Marginalization, and Trafficking

Executive Order 13769 suspended visas for seven countries and refugees. The implementation led to confusion and protests. Seth Daire and JJ Janflone discuss how this could marginalization populations and affect the perception of the US, which both can affect human trafficking. Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe:

Thanks Obama!? A Trafficking Policy Review

What progress did the Obama Administration’s make in the fight against trafficking record? Seth Daire and JJ Janflone take a look at some achievements and some shortcomings of the outgoing administration’s anti-trafficking efforts. Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google

Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Myth and Fact

Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone are joined by guest Rex Hamaker to discuss the exaggerated claims about the scope of sex trafficking at the Super Bowl, how that can be harmful, and the challenge of good data. While signs point to sex and labor trafficking increasing during big events

End Modern Slavery Initiative Act

IJM’s Lead Advocacy Director for Colorado, Camerron Resener, joins host Seth Daire to discuss The End Modern Slavery Initiative Act (EMSI) which passed as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (NDAA) in December 2016. The law authorizes funding for a non-profit, grant-making foundation in the District

How Strict Migration Policies Can Exacerbate Trafficking

How does migration policy affect human trafficking? Host Seth Daire and guest Amber Moffett of the Human Trafficking Center discuss how migration policy needs to adequately identity and protect victims, be aware of how cartels control smuggling routes, consider how hardline measures increase debt, and know that migrants who are

Refugees and Their Vulnerability to Trafficking

Amber Moffett, Graduate Associate Director of the Human Trafficking Center, joins host Seth Daire for a discussion about how refugees and asylees are vulnerable to trafficking and other forms of exploitation. They explain the difference between refugee and asylee status, and how a ‘well-founded fear’ because of race, religion, nationality,

Correctional and Prison Labor

What indicators does correctional labor have in common with slavery? Seth Daire and JJ Janflone look at prison statistics, case studies of prison labor, and the Constitutional “except as a punishment for crime” clause. Is it right to profit from prison labor? Also a look at prison gerrymandering, where prisoners

Terms of Enslavement

Seth Daire and JJ Janflone introduce the podcast by talking about the meaning and history of terms relating to slavery and human trafficking, primarily in the United States. Seth and JJ both attended the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the Universe of Denver (http://www.du.edu/korbel/) and were student staff