Coalition Against

Trafficking  in Women

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Coalition Against Trafficking in Women


From Donna M. Hughes

Professor - Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair

Women's Studies Program - University of Rhode Island


Donna M. Hughes is a leading international researcher on trafficking of women and children. She has completed research on the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and Korea.

She does research and writing on women's rights. Her topic areas include: violence, slavery, sexual exploitation, Islamic fundamentalism, and women's organized resistance to violence and exploitation. She also works on issues related to women, science and technology.

She is frequently consulted by governments and non-governmental organizations on policy related to women's human rights, particularly on trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation. She has testified before the U.S. House International Relations Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Moscow Duma, and the Czech Parliament.

Her research has been supported by the U.S. State Department, the National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the International Organization for Migration, the Council of Europe, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, University of Rhode Island Foundation, the University of Rhode Island Council for Research, and the University of Bradford, UK.



Trafficking, Slavery, and Sexual Exploitation

Fact Sheets and Research Reports

Opinion and Analysis Articles

Transcripts and Texts of Speeches

Islamic Fundamentalism and Women's Rights

Violence Against Women and Children

Women, Science and Technology


Electronic Newsletter No. 3

April 24, 1999

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) is a feminist non-governmental human rights organization dedicated to fighting all forms of sexual exploitation of women and children, especially prostitution and trafficking in women. The Coalition is composed of regional networks and affiliated individuals and groups. We work with national and international policy-makers, women and human rights advocates, and the United Nations to promote the fundamental human rights of all women to be free from sexual exploitation.

Legitimating Prostitution as Sex Work 

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Responds to ILO Report "The Sex Sector - The Economic and Social Basis of Prostitution in Southeast Asia." The sex industry has lobbied for economic recognition of prostitution and related forms of sexual entertainment as sex work. Now the ILO has become the latest and most questionable group urging acceptance of the sex industry. Effectively the ILO is calling for governments to cash in on the booming profits of the industry by taxing and regulating it as a legitimate job.

United States Proposed Legislation International Trafficking of Women and Children Protection Act of 1999 

On March 16, Senator Paul Wellstone and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter introduced the International Trafficking of Women and Children Victim Protection Act, a bill that addresses the problem of "forced trafficking." Its definition of trafficking is troubling and creates a dangerous precedent for future legislation. The bill offers protection and assistance only to victims who can prove that their trafficking was carried out through "the use of deception, coercion, debt bondage, the threat of force, or the abuse of authority." A coalition of women's rights organizations united against trafficking in women and children calls for changes in the legislation. 

Making the Harm Visible - Global Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children - - Speaking Out and Providing Services

Edited by Donna M. Hughes and Claire M. Roche, 354 pages, 1999. This volume is a ground breaking collection of writings on the global sexual exploitation of women and girls by survivors, activists and service providers. The forty-four pieces from Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, North America and the Middle East offer personal, insightful and challenging perspectives on sexual violence and prostitution.

Pimps and Predators on the Internet - Globalizing the Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children 

 By Donna M. Hughes, 80 pages, 1999. When those with power introduce a new technology into a system of oppression and exploitation, it enables the powerful to intensify the harm and expand the exploitation. This characterizes what is happening as predators and pimps, who stalk, buy and exploit women and children, have moved to Internet sites and forums for advertising, documenting and engaging in sexual exploitation.

Organizing Against Sexual Exploitation
Regionally and Globally Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
Bangladesh Global Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 26-29, 1999 

 Welcome Address, Sigma Huda  At The Crossroads in Defense of Women's Human Rights, Aurora Javate de Dios  Dhaka Declaration II 

CATW Electronic Newsletter is produced by Donna M. Hughes, Education and Research Coordinator, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women




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