Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Human trafficking: Identification and prevention through anti-money laundering efforts
by Kuhn, April, M.S., Utica College, 2014, 56; 1555422
Abstract (Summary)

Human trafficking is one of the most profitable and quickly growing organized crimes. Human trafficking occurs across the globe, including in the United States. The high profits from human trafficking outweigh the risks to the trafficker, making this a lucrative crime. Victims of trafficking are often not willing to come forward, making prosecution difficult. Federal laws and regulations have evolved over the years to be a valuable tool. However, inconsistencies in state laws surrounding trafficking often leave the burden of identification and prosecution on federal agencies. Anti-money laundering efforts are one of the ways this crime can be identified and prevented. Human trafficking profiles of high risk businesses, trafficker characteristics, victim characteristics, and money laundering red flags should be combined to create a typology that can be used by financial institutions and law enforcement to identify possible human trafficking activity. Existing money laundering statutes should be used more often during the prosecution stage to add additional sentencing times and allow for seizure of assets.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, Shannon
Commitee: Tarnowski, Jason
School: Utica College
Department: Economic Crime Management
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Criminology
Keywords: Bank secrecy act, Debt bondage, Economic crime management, Forced labor, Johnson, shannon l., Racketeering influenced corrupt organizations act
Publication Number: 1555422
ISBN: 978-1-303-87863-3
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