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Investigating the Geographic Components of Human Trafficking in New Hampshire

Authors: Allyson Rokita*, Plymouth State University
Topics: Human Rights
Keywords: human trafficking, New Hampshire, slavery
Session Type: Paper
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Human trafficking is a form of irregular migration characterized by the recruitment of people via force, fraud, or coercion for the sake of exploiting them for labor or sex. Despite the nexus between population and economic geography and human trafficking, there is meager literature on the subjects’ intersection. To stitch these subjects together, a study using geographic variables was enacted. These variables included the location of opioid overdoses and their proximity to Interstate 93, the major highway in New Hampshire. This data was juxtaposed to the locations of leads, investigations, and prosecutions of human trafficking cases that have occurred over the past three years, provided by the New Hampshire Human Trafficking Task Force. The Task Force gathers their human trafficking data reliably through the cooperation of the police departments within the state. The data was analyzed using ArcGIS and multivariable regression analysis.

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