Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Thomas Lobe




trafficking, enslavement, vulnerable populations, women


The trafficking and enslavement of women and children for sexual exploitation affects millions of victims in every region of the world. Sex trafficking operates as a business, where women are treated as commodities within a global market for sex. Traffickers profit from a supply of vulnerable women, international demand for sex slavery, and a viable means of transporting victims. Globalization and the expansion of free market capitalism have increased these factors, leading to a dramatic increase in sex trafficking. Globalization has also brought new dimensions to the fight against sex trafficking. Increasingly, governments and multinational corporations are collaborating with newly established United Nations offices, non-governmental organizations, and regional coalitions to address international supply, demand, and transit in the sex trade. This paper evaluates the complexities of sex trafficking and efforts to control it through a case study analysis of Thailand. While significant barriers remain in the fight against sex trafficking, a comprehensive analysis of all aspects of this trade provides insight to efforts needed to combat modern slavery.