International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Comparing U.S. Policy with Israel, Jordan, and Syria: Does Diplomacy Play a Role in Human Trafficking Policy in the Middle East?
Lars Eggertsen

This article analyzes existing anti-trafficking policies in the U.S., Israel, Jordan, and Syria and discusses potential ways to enhance and expand current strategies. The reason the author chose to focus on these particular countries is because he had the opportunity to travel to each of these countries in the summer of 2010 and talk with individuals about the extent of trafficking in these countries and to what degree the respective governments are working to combat the problem. Surprisingly, the countries that have closer diplomatic ties to the U.S. sorely lack comprehensive approaches to deal with trafficking in their respective countries. In order for policy makers to intervene effectively there needs to be greater illumination on what problems are faced in these countries as well as deficiencies in current anti-trafficking policies. These deficiencies are discussed in detail as well as recommendations for policy changes based primarily upon diplomatic efforts.

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