Human Trafficking and Its Public Health Implications

  • Emily Nykaza


For too long, the human rights and public health implications of human trafficking have been overlooked, underestimated, and/or misunderstood. Trafficking of humans comprises the recruitment, harboring, and transportation of people for the purpose of exploitation and is considered the world’s fastest growing international criminal industry (US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (2008). The trafficking of humans affects approximately 600,000–800,000 men, women, and children around the world every year, according to the US Department of State (2007), while another source estimates 27 million people across the globe are enslaved in trafficking situations at any given time (Bales 2000).


Domestic Violence Human Trafficking Public Health Implication Trafficking Victim Polaris Project 
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