Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Welcome to Our Newest Contributor: Shreya Amin

We are happy to introduce Shreya Amin, the newest member of the HTP team!

A little about Shreya in her own words:

My name is Shreya Amin. My background is in Mathematics; however, I am currently switching fields and am starting a study on human trafficking. I hope to study this problem both from a qualitative and a quantitative/modeling perspective. My current goal is to gain first-hand experience in understanding the problem as well as getting involved in the anti-trafficking movements in the U.S. and globally.

In February, a friend and I started a study to understand the water crisis in a place in India (Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh) and its impact on the community. There has been an increase in migration in the area over the last decade or so. Due to the poor economic opportunities, the people are exploited by the money lenders. This has forced the people to migrate to a neighboring state of Gujarat, where they are under-paid and over-worked. Recently, we found out that the women and the girls may be sexual exploited while they migrate. We started out trying to understand water-related problems and it turned out that these problems are directly linked with exploitation. Modern-day slavery and exploitation really is present everywhere.

I plan to audit courses and meet with researchers as well as representatives from various organizations to better understand trafficking and the economic as well as social factors that are driving this problem. I will post my findings here and look forward to your feedback.

Look out for Shreya's posts coming soon.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:45 PM

    That sounds really interesting! Welcome and good luck!