Exploitation through begging as a form of trafficking in human beings – over-estimated or under-reported?

Authored by: Claire Healy

Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138892064
eBook ISBN: 9781315709352
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Situations of exploitation through begging have been reported in recent years in various corners of the globe – some of which involve elements of trafficking in human beings – affecting both children and adults. The identification of exploitation through begging as a form of trafficking by the relevant authorities, however, remains minimal. It is not clear whether this is indicative of a lack of active identification and investigation, or of a relatively low incidence of this form of trafficking.

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