chapter  2
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Human trafficking: Why is it such an important women’s issue?

ByLOUISE SHELLEY

Human trafficking is an international problem that affects all regions of the world. Countries on all continents are integrated into this global trade. This is much more than a crime and law enforcement problem. Rather, human trafficking results from fundamental economic, political, and social problems in the contemporary world. The increasing economic and demographic disparities between the developing and developed world, along with the feminization of poverty and the marginalization of many rural communities, have all contributed to the increase in trafficking. Globalization has also resulted in the tremendous growth of tourism that has enabled pedophiles to travel and many to engage in sex tourism.