“I Don’t Want the Next Generation of Children to Be in Pain Like Me”: The Chab Dai Ten-Year Butterfly Longitudinal Research Project on Sex Trafficking Survivors in Cambodia
Glenn Miles, Ph.D., Research Associate, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (email@example.com) Glenn has around 25 years of experience focused on child abuse and exploitation in SE Asia. He has pioneer-led three NGOs in Cambodia and has facilitated a series of research projects listening to survivors of sexual exploitation both prostituted men, women, boys, girls, and transgender and also men sex buyers in south east Asia. He does training, and evaluation of programs and teaches and supervises up to the Ph.D. level. He is a co-founder and academic advisor to the Butterfly Longitudinal Research Project since its inception www.gmmiles.co.uk
James Havey (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Project Advisor for the Butterfly Longitudinal Research Project. While in Cambodia, James was an Anti-Human Trafficking researcher and LGBTQ advocate, studying topics covering Transgender sex-working communities, the Demand for the sex industry, and the abuse of men and boys. A part of his work in Phnom Penh focused on building dialogue and bridges between the LGBTQ and Christian NGO communities. Currently, James is in London employing his work from Cambodia to affect change in corporate social responsibility and supply-chain sustainability.
Siobhan Miles, MSN, NPC (1959-2016) was a PhD candidate at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and project manager of the Butterfly Longitudinal Research Project, when she died unexpectedly in 2016. Siobhan was a nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant and sociologist who worked in Cambodia from 1992-1993, 2000-2005 and 2009-2015. She is deeply missed.
Eliza Piano (email@example.com) is a MA student in Global Development at the University of Leeds who is currently focusing on child development and education. She has experience working internationally and in the UK with a wide range of charities and third sector organisations. She is particularly interested in working to create links between countries so that knowledge and expertise in education, development and policy can be shared across borders.
Lim Vanntheary (firstname.lastname@example.org) holds a double bachelor’s degree in Sociology and English Education in addition to a Master of Development Studies, all from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Beginning work on the Butterfly Longitudinal Research in 2011 as part of Butterfly’s original research team and from 2015-2019, Vanntheary was leading the Research Project as Project Manager and Researcher. Now, she is a Project Assistant at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Nhanh Channtha (email@example.com) is the Assistant Project Manager for Butterfly Research Project since 2014. She has conducted interviews, data analysis, and disseminated findings. She has co-authored numerous publications. She holds a Bachelor of Art in Sociology from the Royal University of Phnom Penh and a master’s degree in Holistic Child Development from MBTS, Malaysia. Currently, she is working with Mission Alliance, Cambodia focused on children’s education and protection.
Sreang Phaly (firstname.lastname@example.org) holds a Bachelor of Art in Sociology from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. He started working in the Butterfly Research in 2013 as Project Administrator/Researcher and is currently the only remaining staff member with the Butterfly project as Project Closeout Coordinator to pack and process all Butterfly ‘Big Data’ for future use by researchers.
Ou Sopheara (email@example.com) began with the Butterfly team in March, 2016. His work specifically focused on conducting interviews, building surveys and data: transcription, translation, and analysis. In 2015, he graduated as a Bachelor of Sociology from Royal University of Phnom Penh’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Aside from research, traveling is Pheara’s favorite activity. Now, he has moved to work as Assistant Project Manager of Coalition Project, another project in Chab Dai Coalition.
The Butterfly Longitudinal Research Project started in 2010 and is the only research project of its kind listening to sex trafficking victims over ten years. The project was started in Cambodia by Chab Dai (translated “Hands Together”), a coalition of Non-Government Organisations since 2006 who have focused on human trafficking. The project was founded with the express purpose of listening to the survivors’ voices and recording their experiences in order to better understand their physical, emotional and spiritual needs during their initial recovery in shelters and reintegration back into their communities. The team of researchers and the participants, all of whom willingly volunteered to tell their stories and remain anonymous, formed trusting relationships that allowed for the information provided for research to be rich and personal.
This project used a mixed methodology of both qualitative and quantitative research methods over the course of the decade in order to gain a more holistic view of the survivors’ stories. The data obtained from the research was fed back to the NGOs who were supporting the participants and they have found it valuable to adapt and evolve their aftercare programs to more precisely be tailored to the individual needs of each victim. The results were also presented in technical documents to Government policy makers, UN agencies, academic institutes and other international NGOs. This special edition of Dignity is another attempt to get the information out to the global abolition movement. A primary challenge was to maintain contact with the survivors over such a long period but the fact that this was achieved in a complex environment shows that it can be done and is worth it for all involved.
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Miles, Glenn M.; Havey, James; Miles, Siobhan; Piano, Eliza; Vanntheary, Lim; Channtha, Nhanh; Phaly, Sreang; and Sopheara, Ou (2021) "“I Don’t Want the Next Generation of Children to Be in Pain Like Me”: The Chab Dai Ten-Year Butterfly Longitudinal Research Project on Sex Trafficking Survivors in Cambodia," Dignity: A Journal of Analysis of Exploitation and Violence: Vol. 6: Iss. 4, Article 2. https://doi.org/10.23860/dignity.2021.06.04.02
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