Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking at the University of Nebraska


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6th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking 2014, October 9-11, 2014, Lincoln, NE


Copyright (c) 2014 RON D. PETITTE.


Assessment is a hallmark of 21st Century academia. Accordingly, the 2013 college model for countering human trafficking2 was reviewed and assessed by the author, leading to a restructuring of the model, in order to present developments that have occurred since the October 2013 Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as attempting to engineer a more practical and effective model: There are two areas of research that link directly to the spectre of human trafficking. The first is economics; and, the question that is raised: “Is human trafficking, today, the result of unjust economic structures?”3 The corollary to this question is: To what extent is poverty the underlying cause of human trafficking? It should be noted that this is the latest research area for Gary Haugen, founder of the International Justice Mission (IJM), which operates world-wide to rescue victims of human trafficking.4 The second area is the plight of orphans and their vulnerability to human traffickers, e.g., orphans in Ukraine may be among the most vulnerable children in the world today. Couple this with the turmoil that is roiling the country, driven in large part by Russia’s threat to Eastern Ukraine, and the plight of these children begs for a solution that goes beyond diplomacy and multinational agreements. Save the children5 takes on new meaning in this light. The “take away,” for conference participants and Digital Commons6 readers, is the Bryan model, which will be freely offered to all interested parties. Consider this an exercise in doing more with less.7