New DemandAT Working Papers on 'demand' in THB

New DemandAT Working Papers on 'demand' in THB

December 2015

We're delighted to publish two new papers exploring the different uses of 'demand' in debates and research on human trafficking. The first paper, by Norbert Cyrus, charts the history of the use of the concepts 'trafficking' and 'demand'. It shows how confusion and ambiguity in terminology is not a new problem: it has been a feature of debates since the 1860s. Unfortunately, conceptual confusion has hampered progress in addressing the problem.

The second paper, by Dta Vogel, explores how economic theories of 'demand' have been deployed in research on THB. The paper suggests that the use of these terms in anti-trafficking studies has often been vague and inconsistent, implying an urgent need for more clarity and precision, and for more context-specific definitions of 'demand' across different fields.

These are the second and third papers published in the Working Paper series. Further Working Papers will be published in January 2016.