Department Chair

Frederick Floss, Ph.D.

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Open Access

Degree Name

Applied Economics, M.A.


Economics and Finance Department


Joelle J. Leclaire, Ph.D.

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First Reader

Frederick Floss, Ph.D.

Second Reader

Curtis Haynes, Ph.D.


Human trafficking is a billion dollar industry that impacts hundreds of thousands of individuals each year. Each year the United States alone spends millions of dollars on law enforcement programs designated to combat human trafficking.

This thesis examines the impact of those programs as deterrents for individuals who are willing to commit this type of violent crime, as well as why they might commit crime in the first place. In addition to providing an economic analysis of the impact of arrest and jail as deterrents on trafficking, the thesis will also look into what may cause an individual to fall victim to being trafficked as well as opportunities to reduce the risk.