Human Trafficking Finances

Evidence from Three European Countries

  • Georgios A. Antonopoulos
  • Andrea Di Nicola
  • Atanas Rusev
  • Fiamma Terenghi

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Andrea Di Nicola, Atanas Rusev, Fiamma Terenghi
    Pages 1-26
  3. Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Andrea Di Nicola, Atanas Rusev, Fiamma Terenghi
    Pages 27-54
  4. Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Andrea Di Nicola, Atanas Rusev, Fiamma Terenghi
    Pages 55-82
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 83-87

About this book


This unique volume addresses the financial mechanisms that enable human trafficking - its actors, structures, and logistics.  Viewing each stage of the market, human traffickers may need significant financial resources for recruitment, transportation, and exploitation.  

Drawing upon cross-disciplinary research expertise in criminology, sociology, law and economics, this book offers insights from law enforcement officers, policy makers, NGOs, and traffickers and their victims.  Using three European countries - Bulgaria, Italy and the United Kingdom - it provides an account on the sources of capital for initiating and sustaining a human trafficking scheme, discussing the involvement of criminal structures, legitimate businesses, financial institutions, and information and communication technologies in the running of these enterprises. It also addresses the ways in which entrepreneurs and customers settle payments, the costs of conducting business in human trafficking, and how profits from the business are spent and invested.

This important contribution to the transnational organized crime knowledge base will be of interest to researchers and academics, as well as law enforcement, regulatory agencies, and policy makers combating human trafficking.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Georgios A. Antonopoulos
    • 1
  • Andrea Di Nicola
    • 2
  • Atanas Rusev
    • 3
  • Fiamma Terenghi
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Social Sciences and LawTeesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUK
  2. 2.Faculty of LawUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly
  3. 3.Security ProgramCentre for the Study of DemocracySofiaBulgaria
  4. 4.Faculty of LawUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-17808-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-17809-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8533
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8541
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