Human Traffic Watch

Academics, social workers say more study needed to know scope of human trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on February 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

In 2006, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report that called for more research and data in order to better understand human trafficking:

The U.S. government estimates that 600,000 to 800,000 persons are trafficked across international borders annually. However, such estimates of global human trafficking are questionable. The accuracy of the estimates is in doubt because of methodological weaknesses, gaps in data, and numerical discrepancies. For example, the U.S. government’s estimate was developed by one person who did not document all his work, so the estimate may not be replicable, casting doubt on its reliability. Moreover, country data are not available, reliable, or comparable.

Academics, social workers and government bureaucrats called for more study at a conference at USC this weekend on human trafficking . One of the reasons given for  flimsy data on trafficking is that victims are hard to find and talk to.

Source: SCPR


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