Date of Award
Bachelor of arts (BA)
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Sex trafficking has become one of the world’s fastest growing crimes, affecting nearly every single country on our globe, and is inevitably linked to prostitution. Although prostitution has been criminalized in the United States for decades, recent literature has shown that this type of prostitution has little effect on aiding the overall sweeping and devastating effects of sex trafficking on its victim’s. The current research therefore uses interviews from experts and individuals with experience in prostitution and sex trafficking to understand—from the eyes of those with actual experience—the realistic role that criminalized prostitution plays in the lives of sex trafficking victims. Content analysis of the interviews was used to look for themes in participants’ responses; themes included the disadvantages of criminalized prostitution, stigmatization, and structural and policy issues associated with such. Results therefore indicted that the policy model of criminalized prostitution is clearly unable to satisfy the needs of sex trafficking victims who are forced into prostitution in the United States; thus, further measures are necessary to adequately address such a widespread and global issue. Participants’ responses also yielded additional insight as to how else society can better fight sex trafficking, such as a more effective education of values among our youth.
Basil, Melanie C., "Pushing for New Perspectives: Policy Model of Criminalized Prostitution and its Effect on Victims of Sex Trafficking" (2015). Global Honors Theses. 28.