Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2015

Julia Muraszkiewicz

PhD Researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Dr. Hayley Watson

Senior Research Analyst at Trilateral Research & Consulting

Kush Wadhwa

Senior Partner at Trilateral Research & Consulting

Dr. Paul De Hert

Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Head of the Department Interdisciplinary Legal Studies



Researchers and policymakers face a shortage of data on the business side of human trafficking. This inevitably leads to problems when trying to combat this crime. Questions such as: who is involved in trafficking, how do they operate, what is their relationship with organised crime groups (or other traffickers and third parties) remain unanswered. The purpose of this article is to harvest the knowledge on what we know about trafficking as a criminal enterprise and, in turn, encourage further research. The article also aims to show that the challenges encountered by researchers.