Trafficking in human beings in the Middle East

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Kyriazi, T. 2017. Trafficking in human beings in the Middle East. in: Piotrowicz, R., Rijken, C. and Uhl, B. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking Routledge.
Chapter titleTrafficking in human beings in the Middle East
AuthorsKyriazi, T.

From a political, economic, and social perspective, the Middle East is a very diverse region. For the present analysis, the Middle East refers to the geographic region encompassing the territories and States of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan, Egypt, Yemen, and the six States of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), namely: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Oman. Trafficking in human beings in the Middle East is manifested in both traditional and regionally specific forms, the most prevalent being trafficking for sexual exploitation, trafficking for labour exploitation, and trafficking associated with armed conflict and the operations of the Islamic State (ISIS or DAESH). This chapter examines the main manifestations of THB prevalent in the region, discusses their dynamics and trends, and analyses the challenges faced, with the aim to develop useful recommendations for the establishment of effective anti-trafficking policies and victim protection mechanisms.

Sustainable Development Goals5 Gender equality
10 Reduced inequalities
16 Peace, justice and strong institutions
Research GroupLaw and Politics
Book titleThe Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking
EditorsPiotrowicz, R., Rijken, C. and Uhl, B.
SeriesRoutledge International Handbooks
Publication dates
Print12 Sep 2017
Online25 Aug 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited06 Sep 2022
Output statusPublished
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