Women’s Freedom Forum Report on Human Trafficking in Iran
This report is the first comprehensive research ever done on human trafficking in Iran.
In a joint effort by Professor Donna Hughes, Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair of the Women’s Studies Program at University of Rhode Island and Women’s Freedom Forum, this report helped raise awareness on modern-day slavery and bring attention to this rising phenomenon.
In the 2003 U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons Report, Iran was moved up from tier 3 to tier 2, due to lack of available information. There was a common belief that under an Islamic government there should be no human trafficking.
This research outlines the relationship between the trafficking of the girl child and Islamic extremism. During a six-month period, we were able to analyze the social circumstances which have led to the growth of trafficking in Iran, its effects on society, and what steps have been taken to counter it. The following is a portion of our analysis and findings.
When the report was released and circulated to the UN and US government agencies, as a result, the State Department (Office of Combating Human Trafficking) moved Iran’s Human Trafficking status from Tier 3 to Tier 2.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Grants and donations from all interested organizations, agencies and individuals will go towards furthering our study into the current status of human trafficking in Iran. Further information can be made available to those interested in aiding us in this project.