Posts bySeth Daire

The NXIVM Nexius: Human Trafficking and Cults

Seth and JJ tackle the complicated case of NXIVM–how did an MLM that sold itself as an “executive success program” under the direction of Keith Raniere end up with massive public attention…and more importantly, with many arrests and federal indictments on sex and labor trafficking? We detail how a group (DOS, or the Vow) within

So, What’s This White Slavery Thing?

In this episode, Seth and JJ break down white slavery–the history, the reasoning, and the myths that continue to be present in the field of modern human trafficking. Listen in for a lot of nuances about eotic service provision, JJ yelling about exploitation films (and penny dreadfuls) from the 1920s, and a deep dive into

William Wilberforce: Friend or Foe?

This week, Seth and JJ tackle a “god” in the field of human trafficking work–William Wilberforce himself. Why do we as a field focus on only certain kinds of historic abolitionists as models? Should modern anti-trafficking workers still call themselves abolitionists? What about leaders from affected populations–has a lack of focus on them really been

How The Coffee Crisis Led To Mexican Migration To the US

The US is once again pulling out of the International Coffee Agreement. The collapse of the previous ICA in 1989, with the US pulling out, is one factor that led to the coffee crisis in the early 2000s. Seth discusses how a series of events, including Mexico implementing US policy recommendations for liberalization, hurt indigenous

A Visit to Evergreen and Whitney Plantation

Seth discusses his recent visit to Evergreen Plantation and Whitney Plantation. Evergreen is the most intact plantation in the South, which includes 22 slave cabins in their original positions. The nearby Whitney Plantation opened as a slavery museum in 2014 that includes memorials to the slaves of the plantation and to enslaved babies that died

An Anti-Trafficking Movie Without Trafficking?

Seth and JJ review A Child’s Voice, a movie involving satanic ritual abuse that’s supposed to be about human trafficking, but that fails to actually portray human trafficking, has an awful script, and has an affinity for bowl cuts. JJ gives some examples of missed opportunities where this movie could have portrayed human trafficking. They

Apple and Foxconn in China

Seth and JJ look into the labor and safety concerns at the factories of Apple’s primary supplier, Foxconn, in China. After giving a high-level view of Apple and Foxconn, they dive into their problems with Excessive Overtime, Suicides, Low Wages, Illegal Student Labor, Riots, Strikes, and Hazardous Environments. While recognizing that Apple puts a lot

Trafficking of Native Americans Today

JJ gives an overview of the trafficking of Native Americans today, and how marginalization and vulnerabilities factor in, with particular focus on sexual violence and sex trafficking. Sources: Human Trafficking (Including Sex Trafficking) of American Indians and Alaska Natives, US Department of Justice Trafficking in Tribal Nations: the impact of sex trafficking on Native Americans,

Canada’s First Nations and Human Trafficking

In part two of our series on indigenous communities and human trafficking, JJ and Seth dive into the reality of historic slavery and current trafficking of First Nations people in Canada. We continue to discuss the eraser of First Nations victims, and the lack of data and public attention. Sources: First Nations People in Canada,

Indigenous Australians and Human Trafficking

What is the experience of indigenous Australians (the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) with human trafficking? Seth and JJ give some historical context, then JJ gives an overview of the types of slavery experienced by indigenous Australians in the past and present, and discusses vulnerabilities of these populations that are sometimes invisible. Sources: Australia’s

Frequently Asked Questions About Human Trafficking

Seth and JJ tackle frequently asked questions people have about human trafficking. 1. How is human trafficking different from migrant smuggling? https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/fs/2017/272005.htm https://ctip.defense.gov/Portals/12/Documents/HSTC_Human%20Trafficking%20vs.%20Human%20Smuggling%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf?ver=2016-07-14-145555-320 http://www.globalmigrationgroup.org/theme/migrant-smuggling-and-trafficking-persons 2. Is there a difference between human trafficking and slavery? https://campaign.worldvision.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Understanding-human-trafficking-fact-sheet.pdf https://www.freetheslaves.net/about-slavery/faqs-glossary/ 3. What if a trafficked person consents? http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/faqs.html#What_if_a_trafficked_person_consents https://www.unodc.org/documents/human-trafficking/Toolkit-files/08-58296_tool_1-3.pdf http://yris.yira.org/essays/1467 4. Is it only human trafficking if victims are

US Border Policy: What’s Different? What’s Legal?

Seth and JJ discuss the recent situation at the US-Mexico border. After discussing how asylum works, they go into the policy changes, which include prosecuting all crossers, separating all children, making asylees apply at a port of entry, and slowing down case management at ports. They look at relevant laws, 8 U.S. Code § 1325

And Life Continues with Wendy Barnes

This week, Seth and JJ interview Wendy Barnes—a speaker, trainer, consultant, and author on human trafficking…who also happens to be a survivor of human trafficking. In this weeks interview, Seth and JJ discuss Wendy’s amazing book And Life Continues: Sex Trafficking and My Journey to Freedom (available on amazon), her life, the services available to

Of True Crime and Trafficking

With the rise of true crime podcasts, documentaries, and television shows (hey, murderinos!), JJ (who is also crime obsessed) can’t help but wonder—why hasn’t human trafficking been taken up by the true crime community? This week, Seth and JJ discuss why studying killers can be helpful to those who study trafficking, how the true crime

Backpage.com and FOSTA

President Trump signed FOSTA into law on April 11, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017. Seth and JJ discuss the story of Backpage.com, and how it led to FOSTA being passed. Survivors have advocated for and against the law. While it has potential to be a useful tool

Gun Trafficking

Guest Kyleanne Hunter​ of VetsForGunReform joins Seth and JJ to discuss how gun trafficking, drug trafficking, and human trafficking are linked via transnational criminal organizations, cartels, and gangs. They look at how guns are used as currency in illicit markets internationally, which is aided by lax guns law in the US. Lastly, they talk about the

Unaccompanied Alien Children in the TVPA

Seth and JJ explain the UAC law within the TVPA, along with the the challenges faced by the children and the US government in trying to manage the situation. The story of unaccompanied alien children isn’t just what happens when they arrive at our border and possibly enter our county. It’s what happens when they

The Business of Human Smuggling

Seth and JJ talk about human smuggling as a business operation and explain how human smuggling is different from human trafficking. Who are the people involved in the business of human smuggling? How do people pay for smuggling and how much does it cost? How are people vulnerable in the smuggling process? Seth shares of

Services for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Leanne McCallum, Task Force Coordinator for the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force, and Human Trafficking Center alum, joins Seth and JJ to talk about services available to survivors of human trafficking, some challenges survivors have in navigating services, and how service providers are collaborating in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sources: Greater New Orleans Human

Human Trafficking Prevention Month with Expired TPVA

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, but the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) has expired. Seth and JJ talkd about how the Trump administration and a GOP Congress failed to reauthorize the TVPA, which means funding for many programs ended in 2017. Despite early indications that the Trump administration may prioritize anti-trafficking

No Country is a Shithole

President Donald Trump reportedly questioned, “Why do we need more Haitians?” and “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” in a meeting on Thursday, January 11th. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone discuss what happened at the meeting, and how this will have a negative impact on international relations, as

Libya: Slavery, Migration, and Conflict

CNN’s footage of slave markets in Libya disturbed and outraged the world, as it should. It’s an image we all want to be in the past. But while underground, slavery and slave auctions still exist. Migrations flows and trafficking in Libya are nothing new, though continued conflict in a failed state has greatly exacerbated the

What Surprised Us About Slavery and Trafficking

Seth and JJ talk about what surprised them as they began to learn about slavery and trafficking. Though more can and should be done to end slavery, which has been continually with us, chattel slavery was ended in England at a time when slavery was an accepted norm that it was foolhardy to fight. Things

Are Inmate Firefighters Trafficked by the State?

Over 1,700 inmates firefighters joined professional firefighters to stop the recent wildfires in Northern California. They are part of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Conservation Camp program, and make up a third of all firefighters in California, saving the state over $80 million, while being paid $2/day and between $1-2/hour. Seth Daire

Stealing Babies for International Adoptions

After giving an update on the status of the refugee ban, hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone discuss international child laundering, where young children are illegally taken from their parents and given to parents in another country without the new parents being aware the child still has parents who want their child. They discuss the

Blade Runner’s Synthetic Human Slaves

The sequel to Blade Runner was recently released, which makes it a good time to examine the synthetic human slaves known as replicants in the movie, and androids in the book. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone discuss the plight of replicants and compare it to a few historical forms of slavery. The sexual assault

How Disasters Increase Vulnerability to Trafficking

With four hurricanes hitting the United States recently (and other parts of the world), many people are in vulnerable positions due to loss of communication, infrastructure, water, homes, and jobs. Seth Daire talks about the negative rhetoric in the US relating to Puerto Rico. JJ Janflone then goes deeper into how disasters make people vulnerable

Lord’s Resistance Army and Kony’s Child Soldiers

KONY2012 by Invisible Children propelled the story of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army into the spotlight in 2012. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone explain the history of the LRA before diving into survey results from a study by Chris Blattman. Hear what field research has to say about Kony’s abducted child soldiers.

Rohingya: Forced Migration and Trafficking

Over 400,000 Rohingya are being forced to migrate from Myanmar. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone explain the context and how this makes the Rohingya, a stateless population, even more vulnerable. Rohingya have previously been subject to human trafficking while migrating, and International Organization for Migration noted that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who

Forced Gang Recruitment in Central America

Forced gang recruitment is a big problem in the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras), with migrants fleeing out of the region to other countries, including the US. Many are unaccompanied minors due to the fact that gangs are often targeting youth. Guest Amber Moffett joins host Seth Daire to discuss the problem and how

Traveling Magazine Sales Crews

Magazine sales crews are promoted as an exciting way for youth to travel and make money. While a good experience for some, the largely unregulated industry can also involve labor violations and false promises, which sometimes becomes human trafficking. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone discuss what labor trafficking looks like for some youth on

Orphan Black: Can Clones Be Owned?

The TV show Orphan Black just finished it’s 5-year run of exploring an intersectionality of themes, with the amazing Tatiana Maslany playing the clones. Seth Daire and JJ Janflone discuss the show and relate it to reality, which includes a brief explanation of cloning in reality and how existing US law may inform the Orphan

Congressional Human Trafficking Legislation in August 2017

There are multiple bills relating to human trafficking that have passed the House or Senate this summer. Seth Daire and JJ Janflone discuss what several of them mean, including H.R.2200, Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, which reauthorizes the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. Links are below. Sources: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2200/text

British Model Chloe Ayling Taken in Milan

British model Chloe Ayling was drugged and kidnapped in July 2017 in Milan to be sold in an online auction in the Middle East. Seth Daire and JJ Janflone gives their ‘hot take’ on this still unfolding story, which is still under police investigation. While assuming it’s true unless proven otherwise, they give reasons why

Drugs and Human Trafficking

The drug trade snares people into human trafficking through drug smuggling, forced addiction, and luring people who are addicted. Seth Daire and JJ Janflone give an overview of drug trafficking into the United States and then talk about how drugs overlap with human trafficking.

Bar Women and Bar Men

Women known as ‘bar girls’ or ‘taxi girls’ entertain men in countries around the world, though most famously in Southeast and East Asia. These bar women, and sometimes bar men, may also be pressured to provide sexual services. In some cases, these people are in trafficking situations. Hosts Seth Daire and JJ Janflone talk a

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 study of China, which was

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. While the Japanese government has

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: https://www.hulu.com/the-handmaids-tale Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s

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 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-korea-north-caste-idUSBRE85505T20120606 https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2017/country-chapters/north-korea http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/child-chain-gangs-north-korea-9460513 http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIDPRK/Pages/CommissionInquiryonHRinDPRK.aspx http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/CoIDPRK/Report/A.HRC.25.CRP.1_ENG.doc

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 how erotic service providers are

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.

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 on our own world.

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 been presented that shows fair