Trafficking of Men

A Trend Less Considered - The Case of Belarus and Ukraine

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To date, trafficking in males has been underconsidered in research despite noteworthy signals that it is a violation faced by many males, adults and minors. Through the case of Belarus and Ukraine, this study, established from a survey of about 685 trafficked males and qualitative information from interviews, considers male victim’s profiles and trafficking experience from recruitment, through transportation and exploitation. On the other hand, it analyses what can be done to meet their needs, both as a means of assistance and protection.




The preparation of this study was generously funded by the US Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP) in Washington as a component of its support for the IOM Counter-Trafficking Module database. This study is one part of a larger research series funded by GTIP and implemented by IOM’s Counter-Trafficking Division (CTD) in Geneva. It has benefited from the work and inputs of a number of IOM staff, both in Geneva and in the field. Thanks to the CTD and RES staff in Geneva, particularly Richard Danziger, Frank Laczko, Sarah Craggs, Jonathan Martens, Ayima Okeeva, Krieng Triumphavong, Elca Stigter and Caroline Zwaenepoel, for their assistance throughout the analysis and drafting process. Thanks also to IOM mission counter-trafficking staff in Minsk and Kiev, particularly Victoria Klimova, Irina Titarenko and Katerina Bezruchenko, who work directly with trafficked persons and provided valuable supplementary detail for the paper. The study has also benefited from the input of other colleagues. Thanks to Peter Biro who reviewed the report and provided helpful suggestions. Jane Nady Sigmon of the US Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP) in Washington, D.C. also kindly provided inputs into the study. Thanks to colleagues at the NEXUS Institute to Combat Human Trafficking. In particular, many thanks to Stephen Warnath, Director of NEXUS Institute, for his review of and valuable inputs into this study.


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