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NCJ Number: NCJ 247629     Find in a Library
Title: Research in Brief-Putting Sex Traffickers Out of Business: Combatting Human Trafficking and Prostitution by Reducing the Demand for Commercial Sex
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Author(s): Maureen Q. McGough, Esq.
Date Published: 07/2014
Page Count: 2
  Annotation: This article examines the merits of using a demand-reduction strategy in countering human trafficking for commercial sex, discusses demand-reduction strategies commonly used in the United States, and suggests links to guidance, evaluations, and best practices for implementing demand-reduction strategies.
Abstract: A number of factors in human trafficking for commercial sex make it difficult to address with traditional law enforcement interventions and tactics. Its scope is difficult to determine; its activities are difficult to detect; and victims are reluctant to identify their captors. Demand-reduction has been proposed as the strategy most likely to be effective against this crime. A study sponsored by the U.S. Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice identified just over a dozen different types of demand-reduction strategies being used against commercial sex enterprises. By far, the most commonly used intervention is the street-level reverse “sting,” in which a police officer poses as a prostitute (Some use non-law enforcement decoys). Web-based stings are also frequent, but brothel-based stings are uncommon. Shaming “johns” by publicizing their identities through news outlets, police Web sites, and billboards is another common tactic, along with the seizure of automobiles used by “johns” in the commission of a crime. Although not popular, a number of jurisdictions reported using “john schools,” which are educational programs for arrestees, who are instructed in the health consequences of their behavior, impacts on communities and survivors, victimization risks, and legal consequences. Although it is difficult to conduct formal evaluations of some demand-reduction strategies, the evaluations that have been conducted indicate that a number of different strategies have apparently reduced commercial sex activity under various measures.
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Prostitution ; Crime specific countermeasures ; Prostitution across international borders ; Problem-Oriented Policing ; Trafficking in Persons
Sale Source: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
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Type: Instructional Material ; Program/Project Description
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: From The Police Chief, Volume 81, No. 7, July 2014
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