The Systemic Nature of Vulnerability to Trafficking for Kyrgyz Labor Migrants

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March 18, 2024
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This report has utilised a systemic approach to address the question of what makes migrants vulnerable to trafficking in Kyrgyzstan.

We establish that vulnerability to trafficking is the condition of being systematically exposed to trafficking risks because of one’s place and positionality within society. There are no single causes of vulnerability, and vulnerability is perpetually generated by the functioning of existing systems.

It is our hope that by reframing the issue of vulnerability to trafficking as a systemic issue and identifying specific mechanisms in the everyday functioning of the system, we can demystify some of the root causes. Although the challenges posed by trafficking are immense, we can make a difference, particularly if we work strategically to subvert the key drivers that keep on generating the problem.

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