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The Dark Side of Globalization: Trafficking and Transborder Crime to, through, and from Eastern Europe

A half-day conference on human trafficking.

Friday, May 14, 2004
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Faculty Center, California Room
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The trafficking of persons for the sex trade is an expanding feature of the global service economy, as is the illicit trade in human body parts for transplants. Since the collapse of Communism in 1989, people and their parts are trafficked to, through, and from the former Soviet sphere. Porous borders, more flexible labor, and economic difficulties combined with diversified international crime organizations contribute to the increase in trafficking. This workshop explores the recent integration of Eastern Europe into global trafficking networks.


12:00-12:20 Opening Remarks

Gail Kligman, Professor, Department of Sociology, UCLA; Geoffrey Garrett, Vice-Provost, UCLA International Institute; Ivan Berend, Director, Center for European and Eurasian Studies and Professor, Department of History.

Trafficking Women To, Through, and from Eastern Europe

Gail Kligman
Professor, Department of Sociology, UCLA


Stephanie Limoncelli
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology, and Associate Global Fellow, International Institute, UCLA

Sex Trafficking in Ukraine and Russia: Violence, Corruption, and State Policy

Donna Hughes
Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair in Women's Studies, University of Rhode Island


On the new ways of combating organized crime in Southeastern Europe

Ferenc Banfi
Chairman of the Joint Cooperation Committee overseeing the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI) Center


The Dimensions of Organized Crime in the Balkans

David Binder
New York Times correspondent, emeritus

Parts Unknown - Undercover Ethnography in the Organs Trafficking Underworld

Nancy Scheper-Hughes
Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley; director, Organs Watch, UCB

General Discussion

The workshop is open to UCLA Faculty, Staff, Students and invited guests. For more information please call 310-825-4060.

Sponsored by the Center for European and Eurasian Studies and the Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations. The workshop is open to UCLA Faculty, Staff, Students and registered guests. For more information please call 310-825-4060.

For more information please contact:


Tel: (310) 825-4060



Sponsor(s): Center for European and Russian Studies, Burkle Center for International Relations