The Business Model of Trafficking in Human Beings. the Case of Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation in India.

Monday, 16 July 2018: 16:06
Oral Presentation
Joana DANIEL-WRABETZ, ISCTE-IUL, Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa, Portugal
Vania SALGADINHO, Portugal
The Business Model of Trafficking in Human beings.

The case of Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children in India.

Over the last two decades, the fight against sexual exploitation has been receiving increased attention from different scholars throughout the world. The literature analysis shows that, due to the level of complexity of the phenomenon, there seems to be a general tendency for studies in this field to focus only on some dimensions, addressing either the particularities of the trafficking process or the socio-demographic characteristics of its victims.

This study aims to go a little beyond that framework and focus on the business models used by sex traffickers in India. Using a mixed methods approach, the business model framework, common in the management field, will be taken as a reference and combined with criminological and sociological concepts and the analyses of data from 292 traffickers and 84 cases of victims of sexual exploitation collected by the NGO STOP Trafficking and Oppression of Women and Children.