Human Trafficking Chapter Summary

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Summary
Human trafficking is a violent, insidious crime that thrives off the misunderstanding of general public and the misgivings of policy-makers. Trafficking, especially the trafficking of minors, is an injustice that has garnered national attention; whereas, a preventative response to this injustice has been deficient. The objective of this guide is to identify programs, practices, and policies that effectively prevent or reduce the trafficking of minors. The beginning part of the guide identifies existing programs, practices, and policies that are preventing or reducing human trafficking or the risk factors associated with human trafficking. The second part of this guide synthesizes the findings from the literature review and presents
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• There is an increased need for labor trafficking research.
• Foreign-born trafficking victims are understudied.
• Funding and implementing preventative programing must be a legislative priority.
• Activities aimed at reducing trafficking need to be more inclusive and culturally humble.

Conclusion

In conclusion, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers each have a responsibility to continue to research and support preventive practices. It is crucial that this information is shared in a timely manner, so that when an intervention does work, the effort is able to be duplicated in other communities. Until then, the abolitionist community will not know which activities are successful at preventing and reducing domestic and foreign born, labor and sex trafficking. Implementing programs that effectively prevent human trafficking is necessary to make this heinous crime a distant memory in the minds of future generations. Particular attention needs to be paid towards the populations most vulnerable to trafficking. Going forward, future awareness campaigns and interventions should be both inclusive and culturally appropriate. Furthermore, stifling the root causes of risk is the only way to completely prevent human trafficking. Racism, sexism, homophobia, poverty, violence, and overall disenfranchisement play a role in perpetuating modern day slavery. Until we pay mind to these insidious social ills, progress in the fight against trafficking will be slow. But there is hope; with a zealous community-based effort and a well-organized and executed plan, the goal of substantially reducing human trafficking is

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