Understanding the Demand behind Human Trafficking

Kevin Bales

in Understanding Global Slavery

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780520245068
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932074 | DOI:
Understanding the Demand behind Human Trafficking

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This chapter aims to explore the trafficking demand by using some perspectives from the field of marketing. It may seem repellent to use such terms when referring to human beings, but today there is a large and vibrant market for trafficked persons in a number of economic activities. Traffickers are regularly thinking of how to stimulate and meet the demand for their product. Victims of trafficking, noticeably those trafficked for sexual exploitation, must somehow be presented and marketed to “consumers.” To begin to understand demand, we must put ourselves in the shoes of those who stand on both sides of the supply-and-demand equation. Before doing so, however, it is necessary to review some of the broad themes in trafficking and to examine any already-existing information on demand for trafficked people.

Keywords: marketing people; human trafficking; trafficked person

Chapter.  7485 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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