Human trafficking in Australasia

Authored by: Natalia Szablewska

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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The crime of trafficking in human beings (THB) affects virtually every country in the world, whether as countries of origin, transit, or destination for victims, and in most cases as a combination thereof. The Asia-Pacific region is most affected, 1 with an estimated two-thirds of all persons trafficked worldwide for forced labour, sexual exploitation, or forced marriage, being in the region. 2 The different forms of THB affect societies across the strata irrespective of age, sex/gender, or education level, and there are further regional differences, including in the patterns and flows of trafficking, which makes combating trafficking a very difficult undertaking. Further, as the example of Australasia shows, there are also differences – and often significant – within one region in the underlying reasons for, and forms of, trafficking that need to be accounted for when developing anti-trafficking programmes and initiatives.

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