Human Trafficking: Fighting the Illicit Economy with the Legitimate Economy

Open Access Journal | ISSN: 2183-2803

Human Trafficking: Fighting the Illicit Economy with the Legitimate Economy


  • Louise Shelley School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia 22201, USA
  • Christina Bain Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Office of the President, Babson College, Wellesley, MA 02457, USA


Abstract  Since the beginning of research on human trafficking, there has been attention paid to the challenges surrounding the illicit economy. In creating new strategies and initiatives on combatting human trafficking, there needs to be more discussion surrounding the legitimate economy and how the business sector can make an impact in the fight against trafficking. Currently, there is a growing movement of businesses that are looking to address human trafficking through training, education, and leadership initiatives; codes of conduct; supply chain management; and financial analysis. This paper will examine the latest in these strategies and approaches by businesses in the global war against human trafficking, in addition to a discussion of a new initiative engaging the private sector co-led by Dr. Louise Shelley and Christina Bain through the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council Network.


Keywords  business and human rights; corporate social responsibility; human trafficking; illicit economy


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/si.v3i1.215