Prostitution and Human Trafficking

Focus on Clients

  • Andrea Di Nicola
  • Andrea Cauduro
  • Marco Lombardi
  • Paolo Ruspini

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Investigation on the Demand for Trafficked Women

    1. Andrea Cauduro, Andrea Di Nicola, Marco Lombardi, Paolo Ruspini
      Pages 3-4
    2. Andrea Di Nicola, Paolo Ruspini
      Pages 23-27
  3. Results from the Fieldwork in Italy, Netherlands, Romania and Sweden

    1. Andrea Cauduro, Andrea Di Nicola, Chiara Fonio, Andrea Nuvoloni, Paolo Ruspini
      Pages 31-66
    2. Dan Alexandru Dragomirescu, Carmen Necula, Raluca Simion
      Pages 123-161
    3. Johanna Hagstedt, Lars Korsell, Alfred Skagerö
      Pages 163-202
  4. Perspectives on the Clients through an Internet Survey

    1. Marco Lombardi, Chiara Fonio
      Pages 205-224
    2. Andrea Di Nicola, Paolo Ruspini
      Pages 227-235
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 237-255

About this book


While the trafficking of women for prostitution has been the subject of numerous studies, Prostitution and Human Trafficking is the first book to focus on demand as a key factor in the equation. In order to do this, the editors adopted a double approach: on the one hand, a "virtual ethnography" was developed that focused on the analysis of specialized forums on the web and that used an anonymous internet questionnaire as interview method. On the other, fieldwork allowed national research teams to collect interviews and data from likely clients of trafficked prostitutes, prostitutes themselves, from police officers involved and from national experts.

Who is the client of trafficked prostitution? What fuels the demand for trafficked prostitution as opposed to other forms? Which are the most effective policies for what type of prostitution? The research in this book aims to answer these questions with an innovative approach. The editors have explored the hidden world of human trafficking for prostitution and profiled its clients. In doing so, they have refuted some common stereotypes about clients while inspiring the elaboration of balanced guidelines for managing prostitution, protecting the victims and thus tackling its undesired trafficking component.

Prostitution and Human Trafficking is highly recommended for researchers in the fields of criminology, sociology and law as well as for the law enforcement and legal communities. The book is also recommended for organizations and policymakers involved in fighting organized crime in general and human trafficking in particular.


Crime Criminology Human Trafficking Prostitution Prostitution Clients police

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrea Di Nicola
    • 1
  • Andrea Cauduro
    • 1
  • Marco Lombardi
    • 2
  • Paolo Ruspini
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Law, University of Trento; Transcrime, Joint Research Centre on Transnational CrimeUniversity of Trento/Catholic University of MilanItaly
  2. 2.Faculty of HumanitiesCatholic University of MilanItaly
  3. 3.University of Lugano, SwitzerlandUniversity of WarwickUnited Kingdom

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