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

A workshop to explore the recent integration of Eastern Europe into global trafficking networks

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.


On Friday, May 14, 2004 the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies and the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations will host a half-day workshop on human trafficking. The workshop, organized by UCLA Sociology Professor Gail Kligman, will feature talks by trafficking experts from academia, the media, and international policing.

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. The workshop will explore the recent integration of Eastern Europe into global trafficking networks.

Speakers will be: Dr. Ferenc Banfi, Chairman of the Joint Cooperation Committee overseeing the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI) Center; David Binder, New York Times correspondent, emeritus; Donna Hughes, the Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair in Women's Studies at the University of Rhode Island; Gail Kligman; Stephanie Limoncelli, UCLA Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Associate Global Fellow at the UCLA International Institute; Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Professor, Department of Anthropology at UC Berkeley and director of UCB's Organs Watch.

Program

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.

12:20-12:45
Trafficking Women To, Through, and from Eastern Europe

Gail Kligman
Professor, Department of Sociology, UCLA

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

12:45-1:10
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

1:10-1:30
Discussiom

1:30-2:10
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

2:10-2:30
Break

2:30-3:10
The Dimensions of Organized Crime in the Balkans

David Binder
New York Times correspondent, emeritus

3:10-3:50
Parts Unknown - Undercover Ethnography in the Organs Trafficking Underworld

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

3:50-4:00
General Discussion


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

Center for European and Eurasian Studies