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The East Asia Policing Studies Forum Seminar Series: Social Control, Trade Openness and Human Trafficking

August 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Human trafficking has generated growing concern among both policy makers and researchers. However, research has been hampered by a lack of valid data and appropriate methods. Our study develops a macro-level social disorganization perspective which suggests that trade openness may be an important vector of human trafficking such that countries in transition between high and low levels are likely to face major challenges in controlling trafficking and will therefore be especially likely to experience high rates. Using advanced econometric methods, we confirm that there is an inverted-U relationship between trade openness and human trafficking counts.

Bo Jiang is currently pursuing his PhD at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland. His research examines the causes and consequences of terrorism, human trafficking and maritime piracy. He is also interested in using econometric methods to overcome data limitations in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Before joining Maryland, Bo received his MS in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania, MA and BA in Economics from the National University of Singapore. He works as a Research Assistant at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Reponses to Terrorism (START)


August 30, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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C0610, The Open University of Hong Kong