Study on Trafficking, Exploitation and Abuse in the Mekong Sub-region

STEAM report

 

The Study on Trafficking, Exploitation and Abuse in the Mekong Sub-region (STEAM) was launched in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 18 November 2014. STEAM is a longitudinal survey of health consequences of human trafficking, and offers methodological guidance for the evaluation of a large NGO-funded intervention to prevent trafficking in seven Asian countries.

Health and human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Subregion report

This report describes findings from STEAM. In this landmark study, researchers interviewed men, women and children involved in post-trafficking services in order to understand the health risks and physical and psychological consequences of trafficking.

Health and human trafficking

It was implemented by LSHTM and International Organisation for Migration (IOM). As the Lancet paper describes, the study was designed to fill critical gaps in knowledge about the health risks and consequences of human trafficking.

STEAM’s findings help the field to:

  • measure the prevalence and patterns of health outcomes
  • describe health risk factors associated with migrant labour exploitation
  • learn about experiences at each stages: recruitment, exploitation, post-trafficking

This report offers rare quantitative findings about patterns of abuse, risks, occupational hazards and health consequences. It concludes with detailed and operational recommendations to states in the region.

Overall, it recommends that the Greater Mekong sub-region:

  • recognise human trafficking as a health issue
  • recognise the health rights of people who have been trafficked

The report was launched in Bangkok on 27 February 2015.

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Report

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News

Read an overview of our research in this field.

See a resource page with links to a range of papers and reports on our work.

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