Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking at the University of Nebraska


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Conference Proceeding


Presented October 12, 2012, at Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking, Lincoln, Nebraska


Since 2003 there has been a notable influx of ‘anti-trafficking programming’ in Cambodia particularly focused on ‘rescue’ ‘aftercare’ and (re-)integration of victims and survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation. While the majority of national programs focused on this population have historically developed ‘residential’ models of care; shifts in policy, practice and gradual shifts in the paradigm of what ‘works’ and doesn't ‘work’ have raised questions about the sustainability of solely residential models, and what sustainable or ‘successful’ reintegration into the community actually looks like. Based on a recent study among carers and antitrafficking stakeholders in Cambodia designed to understand attitudes surrounding the dichotomy of residential versus community-based models of care, this presentation will focus on perceptions of what is in the ‘best interest’ of the survivor; personal agency; and structural influences on emerging ‘care’ paradigms.