Understanding Global Slavery: A Reader

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Chapter 8
Understanding the Demand
behind Human Trafficking

Our understanding of human Trafficking is piecemeal and often based on anecdotal information, as is true of many other criminal activities. Moreover, our understanding is complicated by the global reach of trafficking, and by social and cultural variation in the ways that the crime of trafficking unfolds. Compared to other criminal activities, human trafficking is especially difficult to bring into focus. In part, this is because the victims of Trafficking are more likely to be hidden or unreachable than, for example, the victims of burglary or even murder. The result is a crime for which the technique of using representative sample-victim surveys cannot be applied as discussed in chapter 5. This invisibility affects our understanding of the demand for trafficked persons as well. Trafficking, enslavement, forced prostitution, and kidnapping share the distinction that they are crimes in which the victim is also the moneymaking “product” of the criminal enterprise. Like the bag of cocaine that a trafficker keeps hidden at all costs, the Trafficking victimproduct will ultimately be used and, possibly, exhausted and disposed of. This fact, that the victim is also the product, may help us think through the demand for trafficked people. Products are conceptualized in a number of ways, and analyzing the selling points of trafficked people as products should help us understand the context and reasoning behind the demand for Trafficking victims.

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.

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