Critical Review: Human Trafficking in Mexico

Although Mexico is known for many good and bad reasons, its notoriety in human trafficking has earned the country an infamous public outlook. For the researchers, they would want to know the scale, scope, and prevalence of this criminal activity. There are many qualitative academic research papers which explain in detail this problem but there is hardly any quantitative study which has been conducted to exclusively describe the scope, scale, and prevalence of human trafficking in Mexico.

The selected article, “Exploring the Context of Trafficking and Adolescent Sex Industry Involvement in Tijuana, Mexico: Consequences for HIV Risk and Prevention” is among the few academic quantitative research papers that examine the human trafficking problem in Mexico. This article exhibits two distinct strengths. Firstly, it accurately examines the influence of human trafficking on HIV infections in a specific location, Tijuana, Mexico. Secondly, it uses a simple technique for statistical estimation. Measures of central tendency, which are used in the study, are simple to interpret. Despite these strengths, the study has key shortcomings.

Tijuana is home to thousands of people. Sampling a total of 30 participants implies that the generalized conclusion might be misleading due to a high margin error. The topic of the study is wide and this makes the study to have a general focus which does not give a proper picture of the human trafficking problem in Mexico.
Understanding the scope, scale, and prevalence of human trafficking problem in Mexico requires a thorough empirical study. The chosen article is inadequate in this regard. Despite the noted strengths, the outlined weaknesses override them.