Stuck in Traffic: The Effects of Regional Trade on Human Trafficking

Smith, Jacob (2016) Stuck in Traffic: The Effects of Regional Trade on Human Trafficking. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Matthew DiGiuseppe from Political Science, University of Mississippi.

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Human trafficking represents one negative side affect of an increasingly interconnected, globalized world. What characteristics of regional trade drive bilateral human trafficking flows? Resource dependent states, or states with an economy established primarily through resource exports, interact with more industrialized states to push and pull populations into human trafficking schemes as a byproduct of economic and political linkages. The adverse conditions of resource dependence push populations into trafficking networks while traffickers and trafficking victims are drawn to economic opportunity in more stable regional trade partners. This theory is tested using ordinal logistic and OLS regression, utilizing cross sectional and time series datasets that capture both trafficking flows and state efforts to combat trafficking. The analyses support the theoretical expectation that economic linkage between resource dependent states and industrial states is positively associated with human trafficking rates for both destination and source countries. In conclusion, different causal factors for human trafficking may be at work in source and destination states.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Smith, Jacob
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Political Science
Thesis Advisor: Matthew DiGiuseppe
Thesis Advisor's Department: Political Science
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Jacob Smith
Date Deposited: 12 May 2016 18:32
Last Modified: 12 May 2016 18:32

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