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Human trafficking and labor exploitation: Toward identifying, implementing, and evaluating effective responses

Worldwide, some 25 million people are estimated to be victims of human trafficking, including migrant workers who are subject to different forms of serious exploitation and abuse. In an Editorial, Ligia Kiss and Cathy Zimmerman discuss the need for researchers to move beyond documentation of the nature of trafficking phenomena and the contexts in which they occur, and aim to understand the different settings and relevant causal factors. Appropriate research methods can then be evaluated and used to investigate approaches aimed at the prevention of human trafficking and mitigation of its damaging and prolonged effects on the people and families involved.

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