Demand Arguments in Different Fields of Trafficking in Human Beings

Demand Arguments in Different Fields of Trafficking in Human Beings

This DemandAT Working Paper No. 13 written by ICMPD researcher Mădălina Rogoz with contributions from other colleagues from the DemandAT consortium critically examines debates on demand in the context of trafficking. A common denominator of these debates is that there is the assumption that there is “a” demand that fosters exploitation related to trafficking in human beings. The paper aims to retrace the arguments used in debates on demand in different fields of trafficking –  for sexual exploitation, for labour exploitation, for the exploitation of begging, for illegal adoption, for forced and servile marriages and trafficking for the removal of organs – in order to better understand the assumptions behind demand-side arguments, the way demand is understood and contextualised and how it is considered relevant in addressing various types of trafficking in human beings.