Asia’s Human Trafficking Crisis
Tens of thousands of people are vulnerable to being trafficked in Southeast Asia, with governments struggling to understand and respond collectively to the problem, say experts and government officials.
A 2012 UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report on human trafficking recorded more than 10,000 cases of trafficking in persons in South Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific between 2007-2010, but it is unclear what the situation is today.
Mark Wexler joins Asia Society Texas Center to discuss the epidemic of human trafficking across Asia. Wexler will be followed by local activist, Dennis Mark, who will provide a brief update on Houston’s role as a human trafficking hub.
Light reception: 6:30 pm
Program: 7:00 pm
About Mark Wexler
Mark Wexler found his vocational direction while working on the streets of Durban, South Africa with street children. He returned to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006 to co-found Not For Sale. Wexler manages Not For Sale's senior staff, operationalizes strategic relationships with partner institutions, and along with David Batstone provides overall organizational direction. He also is a co-founder and senior partner in Just Business, which specializes in social enterprise incubation, investment, and consultation.
About Dennis Mark
Dennis Mark is currently the Chairman and Executive Director of Redeemed Ministries, a faith based non-profit organization in the Houston area formed in 2005 and dedicated to the liberation of those trapped and exploited within the commercial sex industry and/or by human trafficking for sexual exploitation or forced labor. Dennis and his wife Bobbie joined Redeemed Ministries in 2006 working as field ministers doing outreach to women in the commercial sex industry.