Researching Human Trafficking


Hi Natalie,

I’ve decided on researching an entirely new topic: human trafficking. The research question I developed is “Why is human trafficking most prevalent in impoverished countries, especially Southeast Asia?”.

Like Phillip Gerard, I have an idea of what human trafficking is and the negative nature of it but I don’t know anything else about it. By researching in books and scholarly articles, I want to unlock new layers to human trafficking and in the end, I want to be very knowledgable about the topic.

Just in case you don’t know what human trafficking is, it’s the “the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.” ( It’s a really pressing topic because it’s basically modern day slavery. Everyday girls (some as young as 10 years old) are lured or kidnapped and sold into the sex business. They spend a majority of their lives paying off their debts. Originally I was going to do a paper on the definition of human trafficking but I’ve found that human trafficking is most common in Southeast Asia, a very poor part of the world. I’m expanding my research question by intersecting the topics of poverty and human trafficking and discovering why human trafficking comes hand-in-hand with poverty.


Wish me luck on my research,


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Hailey Caffie | Animal Science major at UIUC | Audience Researcher at Brookfield Zoo | I live and breathe animals.