Human Trafficking and Regulating Prostitution
AbstractWe study sex trafficking in a marriage market model of prostitution. When traffickers can coerce women to sell sex, trafficked prostitutes constitute a non-zero share of supply in any unregulated market for sex. We ask if regulation can eradicate trafficking and restore the equilibrium that would arise in an unregulated market without traffickers. While all existing approaches â criminalization of prostitutes (âthe traditional modelâ), licensed prostitution (âthe Dutch modelâ), and criminalization of johns (âthe Swedish modelâ) â fail to accomplish this goal, we show that there exists an alternative regulatory model that does. Political support for regulation hinges on the level of gender income inequality.
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