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Human Trafficking: SOC 404/472/473/6710/6750

In this guide you will find links to information to assist you with your Human Trafficking course. Information provided includes links to related websites and books.

General Information about this Guide and Human Trafficking

Use this guide to gain knowledge of the issue of human trafficking and access pertinent resources relating to the issue of human trafficking.

Human Trafficking is the trade of persons for some purpose, usually criminal. Persons are trafficked primarily for sexual exploitation, labor, or as organ donors.

Human trafficking is not limited to a particular area or region of the world.

  • Domestic Trafficking occurs within the borders of the United States
  • Foreign Trafficking takes places within the borders of a country, not including the United States
  • International Trafficking is trafficking of persons across multiple countries' borders

Human Trafficking Research Tips

Watch this 3:30 minute video for a demonstration of searching WilmU library resources for human trafficking articles using EBSCOhost databases like SocINDEX.

Identifying Credible Resources Tutorial


"Trafficking involves the movement of persons to exploit their labor. Trafficking in persons is a form of slavery and encompasses debt bondage, peonage, and involuntary servitude. Historically, trafficking of women and children was associated with the capture of young women and girls for forced prostitution." (Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work, 2006)

This topic also intersects with many other issues. Here are a few related topics that could be explored as a way to focus a topic (for example: labor migration and human trafficking):

  • immigration
  • prostitution/sex work
  • labor migration
  • child labor
  • globalization
  • poverty

Cite this Library Guide

Wilmington University Library. (2020, August). SOC 404/PSY 416 - Human trafficking.


APA 7th edition. Always verify your formatting and punctuation.

[Revised by L. Gillow: August, 2020]