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Investigating Organised Crime: Research into the Trafficking in Human Beings

22 April 2024


Investigating Organised Crime: Research into the Trafficking in Human Beings, organised as part of the activities within the REACT Initiative (Research Excellence against Child Trafficking) developed by the Romanian-American University with support of the Netherlands National Police



- Professor Jorn van Rij Ph.D


- April 19, 21, 22, 2024

Room : MBA

Working language: English


                           Jorn van Rij is a senior researcher at the intelligence unit of the Netherlands National Police working on human trafficking and organized crime. His main focus is on strengthening international cooperation and the use of innovative technology to identify victimization and perpetration online. In the past he was an appointed an international expert for several European anti-trafficking projects, he was also involved in projects from Frontex, ICMPD, the UNODC and IOM and he was a member on the advisory committee for the pilot project: advising on the victimhood of human trafficking by the Dutch Ministry of Justice. Jorn holds a BSc and MSc (hon.) in Criminology from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (NL) and a Ph.D (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Pécs (HU). He also received an honorary doctorate from GTUNI in Tbilisi for his work in Georgia.



1.      General introduction on the concept of THB and sexual exploitation with a specific focus on recent developments and challenges

2.      Shifting worlds real-life versus online

3.      Investigating organised crime and THB. Recruitment and exploitation online

4.      Netnographic research and cyber ethnography

5.      Examination of Romania’s online sex markets

6.      Supervised and unsupervised practical work


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