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Human trafficking: a global multi-billion dollar criminal industry

Published Online:pp 293-308

Human trafficking is the exploitation of people as property for forced labour, sexual exploitation, and organ trade. Human trafficking is a major crime industry, generating about $32 billion in revenues annually. This study examines the global scope of human trafficking and its negative effect on world society. This study tests the relationship between human trafficking and a country’s level of corruption. Results indicate that higher levels of corruption are associated with higher levels of human trafficking. Corruption though is only one factor in human trafficking; ultimately, ending human trafficking requires changing peoples’ attitudes and actions. Human trafficking exists because there is a demand for the products and services connected to it.


human trafficking, corruption, sex trafficking, forced labour


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