Prostitution and Human Trafficking: A Paradigm Shift
This was from the FBI Bulletin: The Anaheim Police Department realized that most of the prostitutes had similar backgrounds and common circumstances/reasons for prostituting, causing investigators to believe that they were sex trafficking victims. Human trafficking is using force, fraud, or coercion to recruit, obtain, or provide a person for sexual exploitation. This shift in perspective produced an innovative approach to addressing the problem. In over 100 arrests, most of the women expressed that prostitution was not their career of choice. In one study, 88 percent of the prostituted women surveyed stated that they wanted to leave the sex trade industry.1
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