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29 Sep 2015

Global Survey of Research on Human Trafficking

Human trafficking has become a global business, reaping huge profits for traffickers and organized crime syndicates, generating massive human rights violations, and causing serious problems for governments. Despite the magnitude of the problem, however, it has only recently seized policy makers' attention.

During the last decade there has been a considerable increase in the number of studies about human trafficking. This review of research and data on trafficking shows that despite the growing literature on trafficking around the world, relatively few studies are based on extensive or empirical research, and information on the actual numbers of people trafficked remains very sketchy. The book, which includes 9 regional chapters, and 3 chapters dealing with methodological issues, suggests a number of ways in which to enhance research and data on human trafficking.

The study includes papers from more than a dozen experts. These papers were first discussed at an international conference sponsored by the Italian Government, held in Rome in May 2004.

The volume is edited by Dr. Frank Laczko, Head of Research, IOM Geneva, and Dr. Elzbieta Gozdziak, Research Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Washington.

  • Introduction
  • Describing the Unobserved: Methodological Challenges in Empirical Studies on Human Trafficking
  • Methodological Challenges in Research with Trafficked Persons
  • Tales from the Field
  • Designing Trafficking Research from a Labour Market Perspective: The ILO Experience
  • Review of Research and Data on Human Trafficking in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Research on Human Trafficking in North America: A Review of Literature
  • A Review of Recent OAS Research on Human Trafficking in the Latin America and Caribbean Region
  • Treading along a Treacherous Trail: Research on Trafficking in Persons in South Asia
  • Human Trafficking in East Asia: Current Trends, Data Collection and Knowledge Gaps
  • A Problem by a Different Name? A Review of Research on Trafficking in South-East Asia and Oceania
  • "You Can Find Anything You Want": A Critical Reflection on Research on Trafficking in Persons within and into Europe
  • A Review of Recent Research of Human Trafficking in the Middle East
  • Human Trafficking: Bibliography by Region
  • Notes and Commentary
  • Second Conference on Identifying and Serving Child Victims of Trafficking