Trafficking and women's human rights in a globalised world

Trafficking and women's human rights in a globalised world
8 pages

Shifman, Pamela

Sweetman, Caroline
Kerr, Joanna
Gender & Development Volume 11 Issue 1 Women Reinventing Globalisation

Publication date
01 May 2003


Oxfam GB

Journal article

According to the United Nations, the global industry of human trafficking generates an estimated 5-7 billion dollars annually, with at least 700,000 victims every year. United Nations figure, quoted in Arlacchi (2000) By all accounts, trafficking in human beings is increasing at staggering rates. Increased economic inequality, with its discriminatory impact on girls and women, ensures a supply of desperately poor women and girls willing to do anything to survive. Within continents and across oceans, women and children are bought and sold to serve the demands for exploitative sex or cheap labour. In this interview, Pamela Shifman talks to four women involved in challenging the international traffic in women which is a feature of globalised poverty and unemployment.


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