Identifying domestic and international sex-trafficking victims during human service provision

Author(s)Macy, Rebecca J., and Laurie M Graham
Title Identifying domestic and international sex-trafficking victims during human service provision
Source Trauma, Violence, & Abuse,April 2012, Vol. 13, No.2, pp 59-76
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary In this article the authors conducted a comprehensive review of literature relating to sex-trafficking in the United States with the aim of synthesising service identification recommendations. Twenty documents from a range of sources, including academic researchers, government agencies and NGO's, were selected for review. Key strategies for identifying sex-trafficking victims are discussed, such as trafficking indicators, victim interaction strategies and immediate response strategies. The review findings showed consensus on many recommended strategies for victim identification but also showed areas of uncertainty. One area of concern was the need to distinguish between the needs and concerns of domestic and international sex-trafficking victims. It is also suggested that there needs to be clearer directions to service providers about immediate responses to sex-trafficking victims.
Keywords Sex-trafficking; guidelines; intervention; sexual assault
Topic Sexual assault