Measuring the Nature and Prevalence of Human Trafficking

  • Amy FarrellEmail author
  • Ieke de Vries
Living reference work entry


Interest in measuring the extent of human trafficking victimization has grown as the public has become more concerned about the problem. In the wake of legislation criminalizing human trafficking acts, mandating government responses, and allocating funding to anti-trafficking efforts, evidence about the nature and scale of the problem is needed to guide such efforts. Despite attempts to develop robust methodologies to study human trafficking, few reliable measures exist. This chapter examines the strengths and limitations of methodologies that have been employed to measure the scope and nature of human trafficking victimization globally and locally.


Human trafficking Measurement Methodology Multiple system estimation Capture-recapture Estimation 


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  1. 1.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA

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