DMU International Conference: “Human Trafficking & Child Sexual Exploitation – Violence against the Vulnerable”

De Montfort University are hosting a one-day conference on the above themes on Friday 18th May 2018 in the Lecture theatre HU305 in the Hugh Aston building, Magazine Square, DMU campus from 9am.

DMU International Conference: “Human Trafficking & Child Sexual Exploitation – Violence against the Vulnerable”

Academics, NGO’s, field work practitioners, students and specialist knowledge-holders are invited to submit abstracts of up to 500 words for discussion papers, presentations and suggestions for workshops they might deliver/lead on the themes of Human-trafficking or Child Sexual Exploitation by Friday 4th May 2018.

Section 1: Information

DMU International Conference: “Human Trafficking & Child Sexual Exploitation – Violence against the Vulnerable”

UN Together Campaign

International Conference: “Human Trafficking & Child Sexual Exploitation – Violence against the Vulnerable”

  • Call for Papers/Presentations/Knowledge Contributions
  • Deadline for receipt of abstracts: Friday 4th May 2018
  • Deadline for Registration: Friday 4th May 2018

De Montfort University(DMU) in Leicester, UK considers itself to be a truly global university and our signature #DMUglobal programme offers all students an international experience that enriches studies, broadens cultural horizons and develops key skills valued by employers.

#DMUglobal started 2018 by taking hundreds of students to New York and a summit at United Nations headquarters to launch DMU’s involvement in the Together campaign, offering worldwide support to refugees. We were asked by the UN to take the lead.

As a part of the UN #JoinTogether Campaign, DMU are hosting a one-day conference on the above themes on Friday 18th May 2018 in the Lecture theatre HU305 in the Hugh Aston building, Magazine Square, DMU campus from 9am.

Stories of humanitarian crises fill our newspapers and news reports. Civil wars, invasions and other military conflicts have resulted in massive movements of people seeking refuge in supposed sanctuaries. This displacement and the desperation of those involved has put millions of people into vulnerable situations. Sadly, the human capacity for exploiting the vulnerable has been exposed in the level of human-trafficking, of modern day slavery, that exists in the world today.

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) some 47 million people are currently held in conditions of slavery, 22 million being labour slaves. The number of sexually exploited slaves is huge. Some estimates are that 80% of all trafficked persons are sexually exploited (some are exploited for their labour and their bodies). However, this exploitation is not by any means restricted to refugees and migrants. Rochdale and Rotherham are but the tip of a very extensive iceberg, with vulnerable children and young people targeted by local traffickers. Every town and city in the UK, just as in every other country, contributes to this hidden economy and to these slavery and exploitation statistics.

This international conference seeks to shed some light on these exploitative practices and to open up a discussion on the issues involved, drawing attention in particular to questions around commonality in the wide range of activities that are being undertaken. For example, the exercise of power over vulnerable people suggests the need for research into the human psychology of the perpetrators and into the sociological explanations for the creation of vulnerability. This conference

is a small step in beginning the process of knowledge exchange and exploration. With a view to challenging slavery and sexual exploitation concretely, we welcome suggestions for further development of research to support any initiatives arising from the discussion and debate in the conference.

The conference will open with keynote speakers followed by parallel seminars/workshops around the general theme of human-trafficking. The afternoon will concentrate on the specific area of child sexual exploitation (CSE). We have deliberately focused on CSE as a means of considering such practices in the wider context of human-trafficking to highlight the links and similarities between local and international exploitation.

Academics, NGO’s, field work practitioners, students and specialist knowledge-holders are invited to submit abstracts of up to 500 words for discussion papers, presentations and suggestions for workshops they might deliver/lead on the themes of Human-trafficking or Child Sexual Exploitation by Friday 4th May 2018.

Conference registration closes on 4th May 2018.

Provisional Agenda

9am: Arrival - Teas and coffee available

9.30am: Opening address and welcome

9.35am: Song by Ayolah

9.40am: Opening comments

10am: Keynote speaker (20 mins)

10.20am: 2nd speaker (15 mins)

10.35: Q & A session

11.10pm: Break - Teas and coffee/snacks available

11.30am: Parallel workshop sessions (25 mins) – Human trafficking

12.00pm: 2nd round of parallel workshop sessions (25 mins) – Human trafficking

12.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm: Drama Performance (15 mins)

1.45pm: Speaker (20 mins)

2.05pm: 2nd speaker (15 mins)

2.20pm: Q & A session

2.30pm: Break and movement time

2.45pm: Parallel workshop sessions – Child Sexual Exploitation

3.15pm: Question and answer session with ‘expert’ panel

3.45pm: Closing reflections from the day and concluding comments

4pm: Finish

Section 2: Personal Information

Section 3: 500 Word Abstract

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Academics, NGO’s, field work practitioners, students and specialist knowledge-holders are invited to submit abstracts of up to 500 words for discussion papers, presentations and suggestions for workshops they might deliver/lead on the themes of Human-trafficking or Child Sexual Exploitation by Friday 4th May 2018.
Academics, NGO’s, field work practitioners, students and specialist knowledge-holders are invited to submit abstracts of up to 500 words for discussion papers, presentations and suggestions for workshops they might deliver/lead on the themes of Human-trafficking or Child Sexual Exploitation by Friday 4th May 2018.

Section 4: Availability for Conference

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