Correlation Between a Nation’s Human Trafficking Rates and Socioeconomic Status

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Dr. Llena Chavis

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Our data and literature gathered was focused on answering the thesis question, “Does a country’s socioeconomic status affect its human trafficking rates?” While literature was rather abundant, raw statistics were scarce. This was due to the illegal nature of human trafficking, which therefore leads to very little official documentation of those caught in it. Despite posing a problem originally, progress was made in gathering reliable data. After collecting and verifying the information and numbers found, the data corresponding to each country was paired against its GDP per capita—the measure of the average income per person in a country. All 12 countries selected at random were represented graphically to show the distinct trend between low GDP per capita and high human trafficking rates. While poverty is not the sole causation of human trafficking, the information gathered showed that it had a strong correlation to high human trafficking rates.

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