Sex Trafficking and the State: Applying Domestic Abuse Interventions to Serve Victims of Sex Trafficking

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Abstract

Advocacy and scholarship addressing sex trafficking as a human rights issue has become a transnational effort, but there has been less attention to sub-national efficacy. Through analyzing progressive justice system responses to domestic violence in Duluth, Minnesota that have been adopted worldwide, this paper demonstrates how to effectively apply these local advances in order to address sex trafficking on a global scale. This paper makes a theoretical contribution to understanding the intersections between domestic abuse and sex trafficking. A key empirical finding is that a coordinated community response (including the justice system and women’s organizations) is crucial for advancing domestic abuse training, monitoring, and legislation—and this coordination can also be productively utilized for improving responsiveness to victims of sex trafficking across a diverse range of socio-legal and economic contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-245
Number of pages25
JournalHuman Rights Review
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

Keywords

  • Coordinated community response
  • Domestic abuse
  • Duluth Model
  • Human rights
  • Sex trafficking
  • Women’s rights

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