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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