chapter  10
Recognising organised crime’s victims: the case of sex trafficking in the EU
The case of sex trafficking in the
ByJo Goodey
Pages 18

Headlines such as these have become regular features of British and international media reports. Trafficking in women for sexual exploitation is now ‘big business’ for the criminals who profit from these activities, for the ‘clients’ who use trafficked prostitutes and for the news organisations who benefit from the public’s appetite for titillating human interest stories. The only people not to benefit are the women who end up as victims of human trafficking in what has been described, in the worst case scenarios, as virtual ‘slavery-like’ conditions.