Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dr. Timothy Schorn

Second Advisor

Dr. Bridget Diamond-Welch

Third Advisor

Dr. Carole South-Winter


human trafficking, trafficking in persons, Ghana, Brazil, Indonesia, Cote d’Ivoire


In a comparative analysis of case study, this thesis focuses on the literature behind human trafficking in Ghana and three other comparative countries –Brazil, Indonesia, Cote d’Ivoire. These comparative countries were selected based on specific criteria such as the country’s GDP, the literacy rates of each country, the country’s level of development, and the total population below the poverty line within the country. Case study analysis is the primary focus of this thesis. In order to understand case study, a detailed examination of case studies and misconceptions surrounding case studies was used to understand the literature behind this comparison analysis. Each country used in this comparison experienced sex trafficking and forced labor as the most prominent forms of trafficking. The implications of this thesis is to analysis the differences in human trafficking in similar countries. There is a limitation to this comparative analysis due to the literature only coming from the United States of America Department of the State’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report. In future research on human trafficking, this comparative analysis could be used to help find solutions to human trafficking in countries with similar GDP, literacy rates, level of development, and total population below the poverty line.



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