Academics at universities and research institutions around the world play a very important role in supplying policymakers and service providers with useful research on the various aspects of human trafficking.
Strengths of academic research on human trafficking:
- Action-oriented approaches
- Recommendations made because of directed research
Weaknesses of academic research on human trafficking:
- Few comparative studies of trafficking based on extensive fieldwork
- Tendancy to focus on trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation, neglecting other forms of trafficking
- Relatively little independent evaluation of counter-trafficking policies and programmes to assess impact and effectiveness
- Tendancy to focus more on international trafficking and less on internal trafficking, and the connection between internal and international trafficking
- Lack of agreement on definitions of terms, and what should be studied
Difficulties of conducting academic research on human trafficking:
- Difficulty interviewing victims of trafficking
- Limited resources and time
Pitfalls of academic research:
- repeating statistics of how many people are trafficked without providing a disclaimer that these statistics are only estimates
- not checking accuracy of claims
Sources used for this page:
- Frank Laczko & Elzbieta Gozdziak (eds). Data and Research on Human Trafficking: A Global Survey. International Migration. Vol. 43. International Organization for Migration. 2005.
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