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NCJ Number: NCJ 186186     Find in a Library
Title: Natasha Trade: Transnational Sex Trafficking
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  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
Author(s): Donna M. Hughes
  Journal: National Institute of Justice Journal  Dated:January 2001  Pages:8 to 15
Date Published: 01/2001
Page Count: 8
  Series: NIJ Journal
  Annotation: This article examines trafficking of women for use in the global sex industry.
Abstract: Trafficking of women for global prostitution rings has become an epidemic in the former Soviet Union as a result of economic hardships and increased global communication technologies. Ukrainian women are currently the most sought after nationality, and an estimated 100,000 to 500,000 Ukrainian women were trafficked in the 1990's alone. The United States is one of the recipient countries and, as a result, has passed legislation to help combat the importation of women. The article focuses on the trade originating in Ukraine, and examines the scope of the problem, factors that create a climate ripe for trafficking, traffickers' methods, and the people who profit from the trade in women and girls. It includes strategies to address the trafficking problem and discusses the potential role of policymakers, researchers, and law enforcement officers in the United States. The article concludes that this country's policies and laws need to change to recognize the victimization of women who have been trafficked into prostitution. In most cases, they are treated as criminals and/or illegal immigrants when they are actually victims of violent crimes and are desperately in need of medical, legal, and social services. In addition, more research is needed to support a new understanding of prostitution and the trafficking of women, instead of relying on old rationales based on sexist judgments of women's lives and experiences. Notes
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): International crime statistics ; Estimated crime incidence ; Kidnapping ; Crimes against children ; Victimization ; Crime patterns ; Attitude change ; Abused women ; Prostitution across international borders ; Female victims ; World criminology ; NIJ grant-related documents ; Ukraine
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-WT-VX-0032
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Type: Issue Overview
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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