Adopting the Internet and New Geographies for Trafficking in Persons

Publication Date May 20, 2022


The emergence of the internet as an international technological communication tool is one of the most significant developments in the 21st-century digital landscape. But behind this achievement is the question of ethics, values, and norms that transcends borders, creating a variety of challenges in today's interconnected society. This explains why internet technology has broadened the geographical scope of human trafficking and traffickers´ operations. Today, the internet helps traffickers to operate across borders and in multiple locations, while physically exploiting the victims. Internet technologies also play a critical role in the exploitation, illusion, and deception, as well as trafficking under false pretenses. Against this backdrop, traffickers have learned to adapt their strategies to effectively target specific victims, by actively ‘hunting' those who are vulnerable to falling victim to trafficking. The study demonstrates that patterns of exploitation have been transformed by digital platforms, such as webcams and livestreams, to create new forms of exploitation.

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Patterns Of Exploitation
Internet Technologies
False Pretenses
Question Of Ethics
Human Traffickers
Digital Platforms
Multiple Locations
International Communication
Technological Tool
Specific Victims

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