On Friday, 13 February 2015, the Rule of Law Program of The Hague Institute hosted the launch of a book presenting the findings of a two-year research project that explored the nexus between statelessness and human trafficking. The field research focused on the hill tribe communities in Northern Thailand and was intended to come to an understanding of whether and why a lack of nationality made people more vulnerable to becoming victims of trafficking.
At the book launch, two of the lead researchers, Laura van Waas (statelessness) and Conny Rijken (trafficking) outlined the project’s innovative methodology and shared some of the main findings and policy recommendations. Human trafficking is central to the Rule of Law’s Program’s flagship project of Accountability and Civic Trust (ACT). ACT’s sub-project on ‘Orphan’ crimes pays particular attention to the combat of human trafficking, migrant smuggling and child trafficking and forced labor.