2011 | Kyle H. Goedert


“This research will focus on the most gender-biased of trafficking crimes – the forced prostitution and trafficking into the sex trade of impoverished Iraqi girls and women. The demand for sexual services is growing all over the world, especially in developed countries, and the conditions in Iraq have allowed traffickers to thrive. Part I of this discussion will give an introduction to human trafficking as both a crime and a profitable business. A brief history of the sex industry and human trafficking in Iraq is presented in Part II, followed by a more detailed discussion of the conditions that allow for trafficking in Part III. Part IV explores both domestic and international laws about sex trafficking and how they are implemented in Iraq, as well as the failures of Iraqi law enforcement with regards to this issue. Finally, solutions will be discussed in Part V, including the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Iraqi government, and the international community.”