Human Trafficking Indicators, 2000-2011: A New Dataset

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Richard W. Frank

Australian National University (ANU)

Date Written: December 1, 2013


This manuscript presents the Human Trafficking Indicators (HTI), a new dataset on human trafficking patterns and government anti-trafficking efforts in 179 countries from 2000 to 2011. This is the first dataset to broadly capture different trafficking types and disaggregated measures of government responses. These data enable the cross-national study of seven types of trafficking including forced prostitution, labor, domestic servitude, and debt bondage. The HTI also includes measures of a government’s law enforcement efforts, protective services, and prevention efforts. This paper presents an overview of the dataset, some initial trends, and implications for trafficking research.

Keywords: human trafficking, forced labor, forced prostitution, child trafficking

JEL Classification: F22, J47, O15, R23

Suggested Citation

Frank, Richard W., Human Trafficking Indicators, 2000-2011: A New Dataset (December 1, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

Richard W. Frank (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601

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