Date of Award

Spring 4-24-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Charles Hankla

Second Advisor

Jelena Subotic

Third Advisor

Sarah Gershon


India and China are the top two countries in the world that have the has the highest number of victims of labor trafficking out of every country in the world. Using these countries that have the highest number of victims of labor trafficking, I will conduct a cross sectional analysis analyzing the rate of victims compared to the HDI. The cases of India and China show how HDI influences the number of victims of labor trafficking and this can be generalized to other countries. Generalizing this information to apply to other countries could change how policy is created to address labor trafficking. Policy that incorporates economic development and quality of life will lessen human labor trafficking by addressing the systematic issues that cause it. I hypothesize that the lower the Human Development Index Score the higher the number of victims that are in labor trafficking.


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