2010 | Louise Shelley

The rise in regional conflicts since the end of the Cold War has contributed to a growing problem in the glo- balized world: an increase in human trafficking. Conflicts in East and Central Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America have led to large numbers of displaced people and refugees being increasingly vulnerable to exploitative forces. While the conflicts may seem distant, their effects are global, and trafficked women and children often end up as prostitutes or domestic servants in European capitals. Understanding the connection between, and mechanisms behind, human trafficking and conflict is crucial in gaining better knowl- edge of how to deal with the problem.