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Human Trafficking and Economic Freedom

Created on February 18, 2016

Human Trafficking and Economic Freedom

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Read the original report, "To Reduce Human Trafficking, Fight Corruption and Improve Economic Freedom," by Olivia Enos and James M. Roberts.

Analysis of tier rankings in the Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2015 and rankings in The Heritage Foundation’s 2016 Index of Economic Freedom reveals a correlation between countries’ promotion of economic freedom and their compliance with minimum standards for combatting human trafficking.

Sources: U.S. Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report 2015, http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2015/243366.htm (accessed February 8, 2016), and Terry Miller and Anthony B. Kim, 2016 Index of Economic Freedom (Washington, DC: The Heritage Foundation and Dow Jones & Company, Inc., 2016), http://www.heritage.org/index.

CHART 1 • IB 4518

Tags: human-trafficking, corruption, Index-of-Economic-Freedom