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NCJ Number: 228699 Find in a Library
Title: Beyond the Natasha Story: A Review and Critique of Current Research on Sex Trafficking
Journal: Global Crime  Volume:10  Issue:3  Dated:August 2009  Pages:178-195
Author(s): Sheldon X. Zhang
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 18
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study examined human and sex trafficking as a complex social problem.
Abstract: This review of literature on sex trafficking reveals that few published articles are based upon primary data collection, and posits that much of the current discourse on human trafficking is driven by speculation rather than empirical research. The author raises specific research questions and explores field strategies that could advance knowledge on the subject based upon a solid empirical foundation. The extent of forced labor and sexual exploitation of women and children is largely guesswork; little empirical evidence exists to support the claimed scale of the problem. Researchers must explore specific areas to gain factual data on the problem of human and sex trafficking. These include study of the recruitment process, method of transportation, financial aspects, migration patterns, the organizational attributes of trafficking organizations, the connection between sex trafficking and other criminal activities, the victimization patterns of trafficking victims, and the role of corruption in sex trafficking, This primary data should come from in-depth field work. 1 table
Main Term(s): Literature reviews; Trafficking in Persons
Index Term(s): Female victims; Sex offenses; Sexual assault victims; Social psychology; Victims of violent crime
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