The Economics of Human Trafficking
Addressing human trafficking is a priority for the EU and many other countries worldwide. Gauging magnitudes of the crime and evaluating anti-trafficking policies provides a critical tool for systematic analysis of human trafficking and evidence-based policy making.
Despite its political relevance, assessments on the sizes, causes and consequences of human trafficking are still rare and scientific research in this field is in its infancy. This website aims at contributing to the field of the economics of human trafficking by providing for the two scientific outcomes listed below.
The introduction and annual update of the 3P Anti-trafficking Policy Index, evaluating policy efforts against human trafficking in the three prime areas of prosecution, protection and prevention (3Ps) worldwide. The Index was developed as part of the EU-funded research project on Indexing Trafficking in Human Beings and is annually updated by the Author, Prof. Seo-Young Cho on this website (see Anti-trafficking Policy/3P section).
Economic research on the causes and consequences of human trafficking and its policy implications. Thematic topics include gender, migration, human rights and crime related to human trafficking problems and the main methodologies are based on econometric techniques of applied economics (see Research/Policy section).
Source of the Map: Cho, Seo-Young, Human Trafficking, Germany only Average when it comes to Protecting Victims, DIW Economic Bulletin vol. 2, Nov. 2012