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Help estimate the prevalence of human trafficking in the Asian Mekong Region

(UNIAP) -The United Nations Inter-agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) is seeking entries to UNIAP Human Trafficking Estimates Competition. The competition is a revolutionary step forward in determining  the prevalence of human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

 

UNIAP is looking for innovative, creative methodologies to estimate the number of trafficking victims, traffickers, or profits in or from Asia that are logical, feasible, and defendable. We are hoping to  engage innovative, rigorous thinking find a way to get the numbers that the anti-trafficking community so desperately needs.

 

Despite the underground and clandestine nature of human trafficking, UNIAP believes it IS possible to estimate the magnitude of the crime and is seeking submissions from the most innovative, creative and inspirational individuals, groups or organisations to take on this challenge.

 

The Competition Challenges are:

 

Challenge 1 - "Estimate the number of trafficking victims within your chosen geographical area and sector(s) OR supply chain relating to the Mekong region."

Challenge 2 - "Estimate the number of traffickers within your chosen geographical area and sector(s) OR supply chain relating to the Mekong region."

Challenge 3: "Estimate the amount of financial profit made by trafficking-related criminal activities within your chosen geographical area and sector(s) OR supply chain relating to the Mekong region."

 

The best entries will be short-listed by a panel of independent judges.

 

Soon afterward, each short-listed entry will be brought to a final judging competition in Bangkok, to represent their approach in front of a panel of independent judges and audience.  (Translation support will be available for Mekong languages).

 

The winners will receive prizes (and glory!), but more importantly:

 

* Top entries will be published and disseminated globally, and
* Funding ($40,000 US) will be provided to pilot the top methodologies in the field.


The first UNIAP Trafficking Estimates Competition was held five years ago in 2007, attracting dozens of innovative research proposals from around the world.  The top six research designers were invited to Bangkok for a presentation and judging process, and the top three research proposals were awarded with research grants to pilot their proposed methodology - a study on sex trafficking in Cambodia , one on labour trafficking in Thailand , and one on cross-border trafficking from Viet Nam to China .

 

After more than a year of research and many lessons learned, the three pioneering research studies were produced and disseminated, each piloting very different approaches to measuring prevalence of human trafficking within a particular industry and/or locality.

 

If you would like to get involved or find out more information, visit the UNIAP Human Trafficking Estimates Competition where you can download the submission guidelines and entry forms.

 

Entry Forms must be received by UNIAP no later than Friday, 30 March 2012.

For more information go to: http://www.no-trafficking.org/estimatescomp.html