Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking at the University of Nebraska


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Presentation for 2011 Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking, September 29 - October 1, 2011, Lincoln, Nebraska. Copyright © 2011Glenn Miles & Siobhan Miles.


In 2010 Chab Dai (translation “Hands Together”) started a ten-year longitudinal ‘Butterfly’ research study in Cambodia with the aim to understand the re-integration process of children/young people who have experienced sexual exploitation and trafficking. The preliminary phase was conducted during 2010 and the focus was to explain the research to potential After-care shelters and stakeholders working in the field. During this phase a preliminary survey of interested and potential Aftercare shelters was conducted in order to understand their perspective of (re-) integration and how their programs operated. Focus group work with girls from three shelters and later one with boys was conducted in order to develop a quantitative survey instrument for the longitudinal phase. During the first quarter of 2011 MOUs were formalized with nine shelters and the sampling frame for the girls was established. The final sampling frame is now nearly completed with around sixty participants in total. This study will utilize a mixed methods approach conducted every three months and it is expected the participants will be followed until 2020. It is recognized this is a challenging study ethically and logistically so an Advisory reference group of academics in the field local and internationally has been established in order that the researchers can regularly and transparently receive advice and feedback. Initial results of much of the first year surveys will be presented at the conference