Dijk, J.J.M. van (2015), Estimating human trafficking worldwide: a multi-mode strategy.

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Abstract

In this article, the author presents the results of an in-depth analysis of the
production of statistics by Eurostat on formally identified victims of trafficking
in human beings in Europe. He concludes that the concept of an identified
victim of trafficking in human beings has different meanings in different
European Union member States and that the identification process is organized
differently as well. On the basis of those regional results, he argues that
statistics on the number of recorded victims of human trafficking cannot be
used as a reliable measurement of the extent of trafficking in human beings in
a country, neither in the European Union nor elsewhere. As follow-up to this
critical assessment, the author argues in favour of a worldwide programme for the
collection of survey-based estimates of human trafficking and, to that end, presents
a methodological strategy combining various modes of data collection.
Keynotes: identification of victims of trafficking in human beings, Eurostat,
cross-country differences, dark number studies, multi-mode strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalForum on Crime and Society
VolumeVol 8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

Keywords

  • identification of victims of trafficking in human beings, Eurostat, cross-country differences, dark number studies, multi-mode strategies.

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