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Evidence on women trafficked for sexual exploitation: A rights based analysis

Francesca Bettio () and Tushar Nandi ()

Department of Economics University of Siena from Department of Economics, University of Siena

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to investigate which factors influence the pattern of enforcement (violation) of basic rights among women trafficked for sexual exploitation. A conceptual frameworkis adopted where the degree of agency and the possibility to influence the terms of sex-based transactions are seen as conditional on the enforcement of some basic rights. Using IOM data on women assisted in exiting from trafficking for sexual exploitation, we investigate the enforcement (violation) of five uncompromisable rights, namely the right to physical integrity, to move freely, to have access to medical care, to use condoms, and to exercise choice over sexual services. By combining classification trees analysis and ordered probit estimation we find that working location and country of work are the main determinants of rights enforcement, while individual and family characteristics play a marginal role. Specifically, we find that (i) in lower market segments working on the street is comparatively less ‘at risk’ of rights violation; (ii) there is no consistently ‘good’ or ‘bad’ country of work, but public awareness on trafficking within the country is important; (iii) the strength of organized crime in the country of work matters only in conjunction with other local factors, and (iv) being trafficked within one’s country, as opposed to being trafficked internationally, is associated with higher risk of rights violation

Keywords: human trafficking; sexual exploitation; basic rights; classification and regression trees; ordered probit (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C35 J16 J49 J8 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lab and nep-law
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