CSU, Chico News

Lecture on Human Trafficking this Thursday

Date: 05-03-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

S.T.O.P. (Stop Trafficking of Persons) is presenting a lecture by historian Kate Transchel, California State University, Chico, who is researching the issue. Transchel’s talk, “The Journey into Hell: Victims of Trafficking and Their Rescuers,” will take place on Thursday, May 6 in Ayres 120 at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Professor Transchel spent the fall semester of 2008 in Russia, the Ukraine and Moldova, where she collected data for a book exploring the social, political and economic history of the rise of trafficking in women following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Transchel, whose expertise is in Russian history, first heard about sex slaves in 2003 when she was in Moscow and met a woman from the Ukraine who a friend had taken in. This woman had, fortunately, become suspicious of a “nanny” program before she signed up. However, she had friends who went ahead and ended up enslaved in Prague.

Transchel’s research trip to Russia was paid for, in part, by a Lantis Endowed Professorship, which she received for the academic year 2008-2009.

S.T.O.P. is a CSU, Chico student group dedicated to bringing the issue of human trafficking and modern-day slavery to the campus and the community at large. Its primary goal is education about both domestic and international cases of trafficking. The group hopes to mobilize students and community members to take action against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. With more than 27 million slaves in the world today, selling for an average cost of $90, and approximately 17,000 coming in through California each year, S.T.O.P. sees this as a pressing social issue.