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As Bad as it Gets: Well Being Deprivation of Sexually Exploited Trafficked women

  • Di Tommaso Maria Laura


  • Shima Isilda


  • Steinar Strom


  • Bettio Francesca


    (University of Turin)

The International Organization for Migration has collected data on traffìcked ìndividuals. The aim of this paper is to use the sub-sample of sexually exploited women in order to explore the relationship between their well being deprivation, their personal characteristics, and their working locations. We use the theoretical framework of the capability approach to conceptualize well being deprivation and we estimate a MIMIC (Multiple Indicators Multiple Causes) model. The utilized indìcators measure abuse, freedom of movement, and access to medical care. This model also allows us to estimate the effects of some covariates on this measure of well being.

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Paper provided by University of Turin in its series Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers with number 200703.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2007
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Handle: RePEc:uto:dipeco:200703
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