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What is the link between natural disaster and human trafficking and slavery?

Bales, Kevin


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Professor of Contemporary Slavery


A popular supposition is that natural disasters generate immediate criminal activity by human traffickers. There is little evidence to support this idea. It is clear that natural disasters can dramatically increase vulnerability, which then increases the probability that a person may be lured or forced into slavery. This research looks closely at individual disasters, as well as global statistical data, to explore the link between natural disasters and human trafficking and slavery. There is a clear sequence of changes that occurs when slavery crime alters in the wake of a disaster, which has not previously been clearly described.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 6, 2021
Online Publication Date Aug 16, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Feb 8, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 20, 2023
Journal Journal of Modern Slavery
Electronic ISSN 2574-9897
Publisher SlaveFree Today
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 3
Pages 36-47
Item Discussed Yes
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