Sex Trafficking Case Study

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In the book, Human Trafficking Interdisciplinary Perspective McCabe cited, “The US State Department’s Trafficking Protection Act (2000) further identifies severe forms of human trafficking as: (1) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age…” (p. 134). This is a pretty self-explanatory definition; it appears to easily identify what a victim of sex trafficking is, however, sex trafficking can be extremely difficult to recognize due to the victim often times being mistaken for a prostitute that has willingly entered into the sex trade. In this case study, I will cover what is being done to prevent sex trafficking, programs …show more content…
First, there is the stigma that is associated with sex trafficking. For the most part the general public has a tendency to view a sex trafficking victim as a prostitute and therefore, believe that they wanted to perform the acts. Second, is their own mental state, since most sex trafficking victims have suffered psychological damage, they may feel that they cannot reach out for assistance or are not worthy of it. Third, the lack of discernable job skills; some victims may feel that having sex is the only thing that they are “good” at, making it difficult for them to find new employment. Lastly, is the feeling of being isolated from their “family”. For some victims “getting out” means leaving people behind that they care for and that without those people they feel that they will have no …show more content…
Some of these laws include: The Sexual Offenses Act 2003, this act made it an “offense for an adult over 18 to groom a child under 16 for sex” (Cree, n.d, p. 772). Additionally, the act included a provision that made sex tourism illegal. Other laws include the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act (TVPA), this act helps to combat trafficking in person and also includes a provision that any member of the United States cannot participate in sex tourism no matter where they are in the world.
Since, 2000 the United States has prosecuted over 298 cases utilizing the TVPA. “The majority (77%) of cases resulted in guilty dispositions, with 47 percent by plea negotiations and 30 percent by verdict. Three percent of the cases resulted in dismissals and 8 percent are pending. Less than 1 percent of the cases resulted in acquittals” (Clawson, Dutch, Lopez, & Tiapula, 2008, p. 12). For those cases that received acquittals, those were at the state level and were still facing federal charges, more than likely the government would have a favorable

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