Human Trafficking and Its Financial Management in the United Kingdom

  • Georgios A. AntonopoulosEmail author
  • Andrea Di Nicola
  • Atanas Rusev
  • Fiamma Terenghi
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The UK is primarily a destination country for trafficking victims from central and southeastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. There have also been cases in which the UK was a transit and source country for trafficking victims. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an account of the financial management of the human trafficking business in the UK. It provides a general overview of the human trafficking business and discusses existing relations between the legitimate sectors and human trafficking in the UK. Moreover, it offers an account of the social organisation of human trafficking in the UK and the key actors involved before describing the financial aspects of human trafficking in terms of sources of financing, settlement of payments, costs of business, as well as profits, profits spending and investment. Finally, it examines the role of the internet in the human trafficking business and its finances.


UK Human trafficking Sexual exploitation Labour exploitation Financial management Crime money 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georgios A. Antonopoulos
    • 1
    Email author
  • 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

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