Sex, Money and Trafficking, What Next?

by Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 1 May 2013 17:06 GMT

Monique Villa, Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO, in conversation with: Shereen El Feki, author of “Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World”, Daniel Kaufmann, President of the Revenue Watch Institute, and Benjamin Skinner, Senior Vice President at Tau x Investment Management.

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The Thomson Reuters Foundation celebrated its 30th Anniversary in New York on April 24, welcoming guests from a dynamic mix of corporations, law firms, and non-profit organizations.

The event kicked off with a video outlining the history of the Foundation and its achievements. Thomson Reuters Foundation Chairman and Woodbridge CEO David Binet opened the event along with Michael Nelson, former Managing Director of Reuters.

Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa launched the Foundation’s new website – – and moderated a lively panel discussion featuring Daniel Kaufmann, President of Revenue Watch Institute; Benjamin Skinner, Senior Vice President at Tau Investment Management; and Shereen El Feki, author of Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World.”

The debate explored the forthcoming trends in corruption and human trafficking, and discussed the topic of sexual attitudes and human rights across the Arab region.

Highlights from the panel:

  • Shereen El Feki captivated the audience with findings from her new book, arguing for wider discussion of sexual rights in the Arab region, and for greater involvement of men in the fight for women’s rights.  
  • Benjamin Skinner shared fascinating stories from his experience in reporting modern day slavery as an investigative journalist. He also announced his new business role in Tau x, a venture which aims to clean up production chains by transforming companies from the inside, using shareholder power. 
  • Daniel Kaufmann put the emphasis on the need to change strategy in the global fight against corruption, arguing that real change can only be triggered by better management of natural resources and by increased press freedom across the world.

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