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Theresa Loar & Laura Ardito

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 28: Women's Leadership in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

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Women's Leadership in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Women's leadership in the fight against human trafficking

Human trafficking, or modern-day slavery, is the 21st-century trade in human beings for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor. This egregious human rights abuse has proliferated rapidly in today's environment of increasingly connected networks and ease of travel. It exists in virtually every country around the world and is estimated to be an annual $32 billion criminal enterprise (Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, 2008). People are trafficked internationally and also internally within their own countries. Although ...

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