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Social Control, Trade Openness and Human Trafficking


Social Control, Trade Openness and Human Trafficking

Abstract: 

Human trafficking has generated growing concern among both policy makers and researchers. However, research has been hampered by a lack of valid data and appropriate methods. Our study attempts to improve understanding of this issue by developing a macro-level social disorganization perspective which suggests that trade openness may be an important vector of human trafficking such that countries in transition between high and low levels are likely to face major challenges in controlling trafficking and will therefore be especially likely to experience high rates. Our analysis is based on United Nations panel data containing 163 time points for 43 countries from 2003 to 2008 where there is full information across the variables of interest

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Full Citation: 

Jiang, Bo and Gary LaFree. 2016. "Social Control, Trade Openness and Human Trafficking.​" Journal of Quantitative Criminologyhttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10940-016-9316-7#Bib1

START Author(s): 
Bo JiangGary LaFree
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