Human Trafficking and Education: a Qualitative Case Study of Two NGO Programs in Thailand


In this qualitative, ethnographic case study, I examine two Thai NGO shelters/schools working with human trafficking survivors and at-risk populations of children ages 5-18. The two NGOs had a residential component, meaning that children live at the shelter, and an educational component, meaning that children are taught academic and vocational skills. Education is a key intervention in the mission of both NGOs, and education is treated as a means of preventing human trafficking and protecting human trafficking survivors from returning to exploitative situations. The controversial definition of human trafficking and the continuum of vulnerability between at-risk populations and human trafficking victims are discussed.

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Copyright © 2012 US Dept. of Education. This article first appeared in ERIC Institute of Education Sciences (2012), 1-350.

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