In a world where global flows of people and commodities are on the increase, crimes related to illegal trafficking are creating new concerns for society. This in turn has brought about new and contentious forms of regulation, surveillance, and control. There is a pressing need to consider both the problem itself, and the impact of international anti-trafficking responses.

This authoritative work examines key issues and debates on sex and labor trafficking, drawing on theoretical, empirical, and comparative material to inform the discussion of major trends and future directions. The text brings together key criminological and sociological literature on migration studies, gender, globalization, human rights, security, victimology, policing, and control to provide the most complete overview available on the subject.

Suitable for students and scholars in criminology, criminal justice and sociology, this book sheds unique light on this highly topical and complex subject.

Transnational Policing in Human Trafficking

Transnational policing in human trafficking

Introduction

Anxieties about organised immigration crime have stimulated a range of new transnational investigative, intelligence gathering and law enforcement practices. Police frequently travel to other countries to collect evidence, apprehend trafficking offenders and escort them abroad for interview, trial or detention; they become part of international and regional policing entities, post liaison officers overseas, supply advisers, fund training, and share information with their counterparts in other countries. The resultant networks of local, national and regional forces and other security agencies are arguably ‘more expansive and intensive than ever before, encouraging and facilitating a thickening of cross-border policing relationships’ (Andreas and Nadelmann, 2006: 272).

To some commentators, transnational policing has been developed as a natural and inevitable policy solution ...

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