Sex Trafficking: Victims Unique Experiences and Psychosocial Needs Post Trafficking
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Sociology Undergraduate Research Theses; 2011
Most see trafficking as an international issue because they are unaware that about 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the United States each year according to one study and others contest that it may be quadruple that number. (Holman 2008) The victims of sex trafficking in U.S. society often go overlooked and are labeled as deviant and or prostitutes. Societies rarely takes the time to understand these women and what lead them into trafficking and what factors contributed to them staying in trafficking. This study seeks to better understand sex trafficking from the victims’ perspective through qualitative one-on-one interviews with women rescued from trafficking and living in a Midwest City, looking at previous research on sex trafficking and sex work in general, and through applying sociological theory. Findings suggest that each woman’s experiences are unique but overall themes do exist and more resources need to be made available to the population including housing, health care, and family services.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Grant