Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia: Results from a Pilot Project in Vietnam

29 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2014

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Ngan Dinh

University of Chicago - Division of Social Sciences

Conor Hughes

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

James W. Hughes

Bates College - Department of Economics

Margaret Maurer-Fazio

Bates College - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: November 20, 2014

Abstract

Human trafficking is one of the most widely spread and fastest growing crimes in the world. However, despite the scope of the problem, the important human rights issues at stake and the professed intent of governments around the world to put an end to "modern day slavery", there is very little that is actually known about the nature of human trafficking and those most at risk as potential victims. This is due in large part to the difficulty in collecting reliable and statistically useful data. In this paper we present the results of a pilot study run in rural Vietnam with the aim of overcoming these data issues. Rather than attempt to identify victims themselves, we rely on the form rural migration often takes in urbanizing developing countries to instead identify households that were sources of trafficking victims. This allows us to construct a viable sampling frame, on which we conduct a survey using novel techniques such as anchoring vignettes, indirect sampling, list randomization and social network analysis to construct a series of empirically valid estimates that can begin to shed light on the problem of human trafficking.

Keywords: human trafficking, migration, Vietnam

JEL Classification: J61, O15, J23

Suggested Citation

Dinh, Ngan and Hughes, Conor and Hughes, James Wesley and Maurer-Fazio, Margaret, Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia: Results from a Pilot Project in Vietnam (November 20, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2528778 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2528778

Ngan Dinh

University of Chicago - Division of Social Sciences ( email )

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Conor Hughes (Contact Author)

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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James Wesley Hughes

Bates College - Department of Economics ( email )

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Margaret Maurer-Fazio

Bates College - Department of Economics ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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