Gender, Human Trafficking and Exploitation

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This webinar explores how gender norms shape our attitudes towards victims and perpetrators of human trafficking, and the impact this has on responses to such forms of exploitation.

Women and girls represent 65% of trafficking victims globally, but research is increasingly recognising that a significant proportion of human trafficking perpetrators are women. Between these profiles there are also several roles that women and girls may play that blur the line between victim and perpetrator, complicating efforts to protect victims and prosecute offenders.

At the same time, men and boys – often generalised as offenders – make up the majority of victims trafficked for forced labour, and are also vulnerable to other forms of trafficking, including for sexual exploitation. Heteronormative perceptions of victims serve to disguise male victimhood, limiting the resources and support available to men and boys.

This webinar brings together a panel of experts to explore gendered understandings of human trafficking and the impacts these have on efforts to tackle crime, protect victims and provide gender-specific responses to prevent offending.

This is the final webinar in a five-part series exploring organised crime and gender, held by RUSI in collaboration with the Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit and the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath.

Chair and speakers TBC

How to attend

To take part, you must pre-register no later than 25 May using the ‘Register Now’ button above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you have any questions, please email

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