Data Set A new dataset on human trafficking was released this week.

Published on December 6th, 2013 | by Travis Korte

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“Human Trafficking Indicators, 2000-2011”

Between 600,000 and 800,000 people were trafficked globally in 2005, but efforts to combat human trafficking have been stymied by incomplete and coarse data. In particular, there has not been a comprehensive effort to track different types of trafficking and collect granular data on government responses. A new dataset, “Human Trafficking Indicators, 2000-2011” may help change that, with data on 67 variables across 179 countries.

The dataset, which was released December 1 and accompanied by a working paper, was compiled by Richard W. Frank, a professor in the University of Sydney’s Department of Government and International Relations. The author writes that the dataset is the first such resource that allows international study of seven types of trafficking, including forced prostitution, labor, domestic servitude, and debt bondage.

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Photo: Flickr user Thomas Wanhoff

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.



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