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Societies 2014, 4(2), 148-160;

Socio-Economic Inequality, Human Trafficking, and the Global Slave Trade

School of Social Work, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Received: 21 January 2014 / Revised: 8 April 2014 / Accepted: 21 April 2014 / Published: 28 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Inequality and the Global Slave Trade)
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The purpose of this paper is to discuss human trafficking within the broader framework of socio-economic inequality. The presence of socio-economic inequality in the world creates a system where those in power very easily dominate and take advantage of those people without power. One of the most serious contemporary effects of inequalities between and within nations is the phenomenon of global sex trade or human trafficking for the purposes of sex. Deriving from unequal power relations, human trafficking is a serious global crime that involves the exploitation of many, but mostly females and children. This paper provides an extensive discussion of inequality and its links with human trafficking as contemporary slavery. In conclusion, the paper provides a list of selected intra-national and multi-national service organizations that are adopting strategies for combating trafficking through the reduction of social and economic inequality. Implications for social welfare advocates and international collaborative efforts are highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: social inequality; globalization; slavery; human trafficking; poverty social inequality; globalization; slavery; human trafficking; poverty
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Barner, J.R.; Okech, D.; Camp, M.A. Socio-Economic Inequality, Human Trafficking, and the Global Slave Trade. Societies 2014, 4, 148-160.

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