As businesses seek to address and mitigate risks related to corruption and the abuse of workers in their supply chains, it is increasingly important to consider how these risks are connected and what this means for corporates. This white paper from Liberty Shared explores the nexus between corruption and human trafficking, highlighting that, while most anti-human trafficking practitioners agree that trafficking activities are aided and facilitated by corruption, available data supporting this assumption is thin. More research is needed to better inform our understanding of this nexus and to support the development of targeted policies and strategies.
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This whitepaper examines the need for further research on corruption and human trafficking that identifies new data sources and encourages greater collaboration. This paper includes:
- A review and analysis of research on corruption and human trafficking.
- An examination of challenges involved in examining this nexus, including difficulties gathering information from trafficking victims and from corrupt actors, risks for journalists, a lack of systematic data collection processes, and barriers to aggregating and harmonising data across institutions and countries.
- A discussion of what is needed to improve and augment our current knowledge base, including expanding the universe of data signals identified as proxies for corruption, collaborating to improve data sharing and aggregation, and supporting the development of good governance that is backed by infrastructure and transparency.