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The Economics of Child Trafficking (Part II)

  • Sylvain E. Dessy
  • Flaubert Mbiekop
  • Stéphane Pallage

The trafficking of children is a thriving business. In this paper, we highlight key economic characteristics of this business. We show that the fight against child trafficking is far from trivial and that supply-side policies have very limited effect unless preceded by attacks on the demand side. Successful policies involve international cooperation on both fronts. We work within a model of a source country to highlight the necessary ingredients of a successful international cooperation towards the elimination of child trafficking.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:lvl:lacicr:0509
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