Elene Lam is the executive director of Butterfly: Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network. She holds master's degrees in social work and law, and has been researching the harms associated with the anti-trafficking industry. For over 20 years, Elene has advocated for human rights; for migration, gender, racial, and sex work justice; and against violence against women.
Anatomy of an anti-trafficking policy campaign
In Newmarket, Asian massage workers have been engaged in a battle with the town council, which is intent on shutting down their businesses by claiming that the workers are both disreputable criminals and sex trafficking victims.