Legal Prostitution and Sex Trafficking: From The Annals Of Bad Economic Research

June 23, 2013

Over here in Europe there’s been something of a scare campaign going on over “sex trafficking”. This is the idea that brutes and gangsters trick or force women into moving country and then hold them in sexual slavery: usually being forced to work as prostitutes. There’s been all sorts of research trying to look into how much this actually happens. Some says it’s pretty much non-existent, others that it’s a substantial minority of the whole sex industry. The truth is that people are simply using different definitions of what is “trafficking”. And it’s there that the entire subject becomes a complete and total mess.



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