Tracing the emergence of ICT-enabled human trafficking for ransom

Authored by: Mirjam van Reisen , Zecarias Gerrima , Eyob Ghilazghy , Selam Kidane , Conny Rijken , Gertjan Van Stam

Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138892064
eBook ISBN: 9781315709352
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A new form of the commoditisation of human beings, called ‘human trafficking for ransom’, emerged in 2009. It involves the “abduction, extortion, sale, torture, sexual violation and killing of men, women and children” for the purpose of extortion. 2 This form of trafficking utilises information and communication technologies (ICTs) as part of its modus operandi. How the technical innovations of ICTs relate to (and facilitate) this crime is important for a proper understanding of this new form of trafficking.

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