Wherever there is prostitution, whether legal or illegal, sex trafficking exists.
The United States fights trafficking through the criminalization of all aspects of prostitution. Germany legalized prostitution in 2002, treating prostitution as any other occupation. Yet trafficking of all ages abounds.
Both approaches have failed miserably.
An alternative system seeing some success is the Nordic model, first instituted in Sweden. This makes it legal to sell one’s self for sex, but illegal to be the buyer or “John,” or to facilitate the prostitution of another.
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The internet, which enables sex-for-pay delivery to the buyer, has revolutionized trafficking. Backpage.com, the major offender and a multi-million dollar business, is in the news for the recent arrest of their CEO. This promises to be a long legal battle, with First Amendment issues being raised.
Limited to 9, with preference given to undergraduates. On the record.
Join Iván Velásquez Gómez, Commissioner for the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), as he describes his battles against illegal security groups and clandestine security organizations in Guatemala – criminal groups believed to have infiltrated state institutions, fostering impunity and undermining democratic gains in Guatemala since the end of the country’s armed conflict in the 1990s. The CICIG represents an innovative initiative by the United Nations together with a Member State to strengthen the rule of law in a post-conflict country. Before his post with CICIG, Commissioner Gómez was a prosecutor in Colombia, where he investigated the ties and relations of former President Uribe to paramilitary groups.
Co-sponsored by the Center for International Development, the Carr Center for Human Rights, and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
4:00-5:30 PM in the Adams House LCR
Tickets to this event are free, with priority given to Harvard students, but you MUST register HERE
Ever since the start of this bizarre presidential campaign, Donald Trump has ensured that most discussions of immigration focus on Mexico and Mexicans. But his noxious rhetoric has obscured the fact that illegal border crossings are just part of the problem. The U.S. system for legal immigration also badly needs reform—and here the answers lie not south but north, in Canada.
Canada today has one of the highest immigration rates in the world. For the past two decades, it has admitted about 250,000 newcomers a year—close to 1% of the population—and Ottawa expects that number to grow to 337,000 a year by 2018. More than 20% of Canada’s inhabitants are now foreign-born—almost twice the proportion of residents of Sweden, Germany or the U.S., even if you lump in undocumented migrants.
Read more in the WSJ
This is a rare chance to meet the men and women at Counter Influence Branch of the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency (MSB), a kingdom-wide combination of America’s DHS and FEMA. Learn about current trends in international media manipulation, defensive media monitoring and analysis, and the Swedish approach to counter propaganda.
12:00-1:30pm, OCTOBER 3, 2016
Limited to 30 – SIGN UP HERE
Location: Adams House Upper Common Room
This is a brown-bag lunch event. Adams House students: feel free to bring a tray up from the dining hall.