July 2015  



Human Trafficking is a major international policy challenge. On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, SHRAM compiled a special feature of academic and news resources on human trafficking in Asia, exploring economic dimensions of trafficking, national and international policy frameworks, interrogating the demand-supply trafficking discourse, and gauging the extent of trafficking prevalent in Asia today. This July SHRAM in Action features a new partner project, intervention narratives, and an inspiring rescue story involving coordination between SHRAM partners across states. Their success reflects the key role source-destination linkages can play in interventions.


1. SHRAM Interview Exclusive: Dr. Sharit K Bhowmik
Sharit K Bhowmik

Read our exclusive interview with Dr. Sharit K Bhowmik, a policy and advocacy expert on street vending in India, where he speaks of street vending beyond urban planning, and as a question of livelihoods.

2. Migration in the Slums of Kolkata: A Gendered Perspective
Arpita Banerjee

Despite the fact that women cite marriage/family movement as the main reason for migration, it is important to recognise that they were workers at the source area and are potential workers in the destination as well. This paper contests commonplaces about women as tied movers.

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1. Human Trafficking in Asia
SHRAM Special Features

Explore SHRAM's feature on Human Trafficking in Asia, to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (30th July).

2. Structural Conditions and Agency in Migrant Decision-Making: A Case of Domestic and Construction Workers from Java, Indonesia
Khoo Choon Yen, Maria Platt, Brenda S.a. Yeoh, Theodora Lam

This paper examines migration into domestic and construction work from rural Indonesia, and suggests that the decision making process for migration in households is complicated by gendered migration regimes, gender roles within the household and as intergenerational family obligations.

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Data Hub
Accompany Arpita Banerjee's paper on women migrants in Kolkata, with 2001 Census data on women migrants from other states in Kolkata classified according to industrial category in which they work. Explore the SHRAM Data Hub for more.
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1. Violence, exploitation and lives lost

PARDA shares the story of the death of a migrant worker at a brick kiln from Nuapada. Such narratives of vulnerability must serve as impetus for proper inquiry into working conditions and redressal mechanisms.


2. Telangana Rescue: A case for source-destination connection for interventions

Coordinated efforts on the part of SHRAM Partners Yugantar and DSS, and Human Rights Law Network and the Labour Department of Telangana resulted in speedy action towards the rescue of seventeen migrant labourers. Source-destination linkages and coordination played a vital role in enabling this effort.

3. Agrasar Bachpan

Prerit Rana, CEO and co-founder of Agrasar shares the story of how Agrasar Bachpan, their latest initiative, came into being.


4. Pepus Magzine - Pravasi Shramik Sandesh Issue 11

PEPUS launched the 11th issue of their magazine, Pravasi Shramik Sandesh Issue 11, features recent success stories and impact narratives from their work.



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