The aim of Runa Lazzarino’s investigation in SEATIDE is to examine the nature of post-trafficking reintegration of victims of human trafficking in the context of Northern Vietnam (Hanoi and Lao Cai city). In particular, she is focusing on the life trajectories of five young female returnees paying attention to their medium-term after-shelter recovery and reintegration process.
The hypothesis underlying Runa’s research in SEATIDE is that, coming from a position of marginality, which is also geographical, and of vulnerability, which is also often biographical, trafficking returnees often end up in new and unexplored circuits of marginality, once no longer benefiting from the aids (shelter residence, job placement, psychological care, etc.) designed to assist them. Indeed, the investigation led Runa to find that if a certain degree of success is perceived by the ex-residents of the shelter for trafficking victims - in terms of job placement, salary, and liberation from traditional gender norms - there are some more subtle aspects of post-shelter lives (e.g. infantilization, the persistence of socio-economic marginality, the threat of social stigma), which keep these young women excluded from a full integration at personal, social, and economic level.