Poster Presentation The 26th International Nursing Philosophy Conference 2023

Hiding in Green Sight: Professional Golf Sporting Event Drives Human Trafficking (#66)

Amber McCall 1 , Wanda Taylor 2 , Jane Garvin 3 , Sandra Inglett 4
  1. Nursing, South University, Savannah, GA, United States
  2. Nursing, Chamberlain University, Chicago, IL, United States
  3. Nursing , Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, United States
  4. Nursing, Augusta University - retired, Augusta, Ga, United States

The purpose of this work is to delve into the issue of human trafficking associated with professional golf events in Augusta, Georgia.

While the Augusta National Golf Club itself employs stringent rules and regulations to ensure that all humans are treated fairly, it is well-documented that incidents of human trafficking, particularly around major golf events, can occur in surrounding areas.

These incidents of human trafficking are often associated with organized crime and involve the exploitation of vulnerable individuals, including women and children. Factors contributing to this problem include the globalization of the economy, feminization of poverty, and weak human rights frameworks in countries of origin. As noted in various scholarly domains, the root causes of human trafficking are complex and varied. Sexual exploitation, in particular, is caused by a range of factors including inequality between men and women, poverty, lack of education and awareness of trafficking, globalization, lack of employment opportunities, economic imbalances and conflicts among regions, decline of border controls, globalized corruption, rural to urban migration.

Addressing and combating human trafficking associated with professional golf events must involve a comprehensive approach that tackles the root causes of this issue. Merely regulating organized crime is not enough to address the exploitation and coercion practices that lead to human trafficking.

It is imperative that anti-trafficking efforts also focus on examining linkages between exploitation and coercive sex, as well as gender inequality in economic, social, and cultural domains. Efforts to combat human trafficking associated with professional golf events must also prioritize education and awareness-raising surrounding the issue.

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