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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

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Handbook of International Social Work

Jini L. Roby

Oxford University Press

Human trafficking, or trafficking in persons (TIP), is the buying, selling, and exploiting of human beings for profit. It is a modern-day form of slavery in which human beings are treated as properties or commodities. Human trafficking generally falls into two major categories: labor exploitation and sexual exploitation. Victims can be found in a wide range of work environments, including the commercial sex market, domestic servitude, sweatshops, farms and orchards, construction, factories, bars, restaurants, and many other arenas. This chapter explores the incidence and global flow of people who are caught up in trafficking, contributing factors at various levels, current policy and practice efforts, and implications for social workers around the world.

Keywords:   trafficking in persons, labor exploitation, sexual exploitation, social work practice

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