Global Perspective

Human Rights and Trafficking in Korea - Workshop & Panel Discussion

Three scholars in the fields of history, sociology, and legal studies led a workshop designed for graduate students on human trafficking in Korea from the 16th c. to the present. The Center's spring workshop Understanding Human Trafficking in Korea: History, Identity, and Law consisted of a mix of graduate students from the USF Master in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program, UC Santa Cruz, and Carleton University, and doctoral candidates from the University of Southern California and the University of Chicago.

The workshop addressed themes of the Korean diaspora and slave trade in the late 16th c., the reconstructed identities of Japanese military “comfort women,” and the legal structure in the fight against human trafficking in South Korea today. Speakers included Nam-lin Hur, Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia; Na-Young Lee, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Chung-Ang University; and Tae-Ung Baik, Associate Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. A public panel discussion, Traded and Exploited: Human Trafficking in Korea (16th c. to the Present) followed the workshop.

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