A Review of Data on Trafficking in the Republic of Korea

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The US State Department included South Korea among its list of twenty-three countries that failed to meet minimum standards in attempting to stop the trafficking in human beings, primarily women and children exploited for prostitution. This report surveys the trafficking of women from countries such as the Philippines, Russia, and other nations of the former Soviet Union into South Korea. It systematically presents relevant data and research findings on this serious and growing phenomenon, and –by including both the South Korean government’s approach and the viewpoint of South Korean NGOs –it provides a balanced analysis.



Summary and recommendations

This study is part of IOM Seoul’s continuing effort to collect and publicize accurate information on trafficking of human beings in South Korea. This collection and presentation of locally gathered data should greatly encourage those South Korean organizations that confront issues related to trafficking to continue their efforts to study and report on these problems.


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