Sex Trafficking Mini-Symposium at UNC-Chapel Hill (9/14)

Sex Trafficking Mini-Symposium
Monday, September 14
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building Auditorium, Room 136
UNC-Chapel Hill Campus

Human trafficking—for the purposes of labor and especially sexual exploitation—is a major problem both globally and locally. The newly-formed Working Group for Research on (Sex) Trafficking is an interdisciplinary network of researchers from Triangle-area institutions dedicated to shedding light on this human rights crisis, with the hopes that sound research will drive sound policy. Please join us for a mini symposium highlighting some of the current and ongoing research projects of the group, from media coverage in the United States to interventions in Nepal. Learn more about trafficking and how you can get involved in research to put a stop to it.

The afternoon will feature formal papers, a poster session, and excerpts from “Machine,” a play-in-progress about trafficking. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Women’s Center and the UNC Center for AIDS Research Social and Behavioral Science Research Core. For more information, contact Pam Lach at plach[at]

The symposium is free and open to the public; registration is not required. Click here for directions and parking information.

2:00-3:00pm Session 1: Trafficking Abroad: The International Context
Michelle Kaufman, RTI International, “Shangri-La Revisited: Sex Trafficking in Nepal”

Kinohi Nishikawa, Duke University, “Trafficking and Victimization: The Politics of Responsibility in Lilja 4-Ever”

3:00-4:00 pm Networking Reception, Poster Session and Performance of Machine
Lindsey Haynes, UNC-Chapel Hill, “The Collapse of the Soviet Union and its Effect on the Ukrainian Sex Trade Industry”

Katherine Wikrent, on behalf of Tarheels Impacting Policy (TIP), UNC-Chapel Hill, “Researching Prostitution and the Possibility of Sex Trafficking in the Triangle Area”

4:00-5:00pm Session 2: Trafficking at Home: Trafficking in the United States & Concluding Roundtable with Participants
Anne Johnston, UNC-Chapel Hill, “Framing the Public Debate on the Global Sex Trade”

Cathie Fogel, UNC-Chapel Hill, “Health Implications and Health Care Challenges Associated with Prostitution”


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