Posted on 22 Jun 2021
This special section aims to explore and advance the discourse on the overlaps between human trafficking and other organized crime markets, including drug trafficking, extortion, illicit trade, counterfeiting, and environmental crime.
The overlaps between human trafficking and other forms of organized crime have been widely recognised. However, policy responses frequently adopt siloed approaches, viewing human trafficking in isolation.
Recognising this, this special section aims to explore and advance the discourse on the overlaps between human trafficking and other organized crime markets, including drug trafficking, extortion, illicit trade, counterfeiting, and environmental crime.
- be spatial – with a range of criminal activities operating in hubs or illicit flow corridors;
- relate to the actors involved in the different markets; or
- refer to other intersections (e.g. be linked in the laundering of funds, or leverage overlapping protection structures).
The special section also seeks to shed light on the current gaps and challenges in response frameworks and approaches adopted to counter contexts where human trafficking and other criminal markets overlap.
We encourage contributions which explore the mapping of illicit geography and examine geographical convergence. This includes researching the characteristics which shape the emergence of hubs or hotspots of illicit activity where human trafficking overlaps with other illicit markets. These spaces where human trafficking intersects with other illicit activities may include casinos, sports events, tourist hotspots, areas of natural resource exploration, borderlands.
 See analysis in, for example, Stuart Brown and Margaret Hermann, Transnational Crime and Black Spots, Rethinking Sovereignty and the Global Economy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.
Deadline for submission of abstracts/LOIs: 15th August 2021.
Planned date of publication: Summer 2022.
Please submit your abstract and bio to the co-editors:
- Ms Lucia Bird Lucia.Bird@globalinitiative.net,
- Ms Livia Wagner Livia.Wagner@globalinitiative.net, and
- Ms Thi Hoang Thi.Hoang@globalinitiative.net.