For my white paper, I’m going to explore the topic of human trafficking. When I started my search on human trafficking within think tanks, I found so much information right from the start. I wasn’t really surprised since human trafficking is such a global issue, but I was a little overwhelmed and didn’t really know where to begin. So, I just picked one. The think tank that I chose was the Kennedy School of Government List. This think tank is a directory and it has so many different sources that it searches for your topic, both U.S. and Internationally based. The source that I chose to look at was the Urban Institute. What I found was that researchers within the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center work on a variety of national and international studies on human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
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One current study that the Urban Institute is conducting is to better understand the organization, operation, and victimization of labor trafficking in the United States. In the U.S., not much is known about the nature of labor trafficking victimization. Furthermore, there is little information known about how labor traffickers and their facilitators operate. The study analyzes various components of the labor victimization experience, such as recruitment, entrapment, and transportation. It also analyzes the documents acquisition, the victimization itself, victim efforts to seek help, and the process of victim extraction from the exploitative situation. I thought that this source provided great additional background information for my white paper, and I definitely plan on using the Urban Institute as well as the Kennedy School of Government List think tank for more idead for my white paper.