Library for Policy Makers

University of Southern California Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy

Human Trafficking Online: The Role of Social Networking Sites and Online Classifieds

M. Latonero , et al. — September 11, 2011

Examines the role of social networking sites and online classified ads in facilitating human trafficking and makes recommendations for developing technological innovations to monitor and combat trafficking; offers Guiding Principles for use of technology to combat trafficking.

Urban Institute Justice Policy Center

Human Trafficking Research

Links to the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center’s current and past projects/studies on human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Indiana Law Review

Human Trafficking Victim Identification: Should Consent Matter?

S. Jones — 2012

Attributes lack of consensus regarding the number of human trafficking victims to lack of agreement regarding who is a trafficking victim; questions whether individuals can be neatly bifurcated into two distinct categories of human trafficking and migrant smuggling; challenges existing approaches to identifying human trafficking victims, demonstrating that consent may, in some cases, expire before onset of fraud, force or coercion, particularly in face of unpalatable alternatives; attempts to fashion a decision-making paradigm for resolving the consent question.

Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk

Human Trafficking, Sex Tourism, and Child Exploitation on the Southern Border, Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk

J. Walters, P. Davis — March 15, 2011

Discusses sex trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border, sex tourism (including child sex tourism) the U.S.-Mexico border, the Southern Border Initiative of the AMBER Alert Project’s goal to partner with their Mexican counterparts to design procedures/programs to recover abducted, endangered, missing children on both sides of the border.

Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk

Human Trafficking: Awareness, Data and Policy, Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk

A. Giardino, R. Sanborn — March 15, 2011

Discusses obstacles to increasing awareness of domestic human trafficking posed by “gaze aversion,” stereotypes, stigma, and reliance on conventional wisdom; the paradox that, for many domestic minor trafficking victims, their only recourse for services is in the juvenile justice system, not as a victim, but as an offender; “safe house movement” to create long-term residential treatment centers for domestic victims.