Research & Credentials


The Challenges of Using of Information Technology to Counter Human Trafficking

Based on interviews with (1) members of DeliverFund and (2) law enforcement officers, we identify several reasons why law enforcement officers fail to use new information systems or adapt their existing use of information systems to counter human trafficking.

Information Technology as a Resource to Counter Domestic Sex Trafficking in the United States

Law enforcement agencies, DeliverFund, and social entrepreneurs increasingly are using information technology as a resource to locate, identify, and rescue victims and find, arrest, and convict traffickers.

The Use of Public-Private-Partnerships to Fill Technological Voids in Countering Human Trafficking

This report identifies challenges and solutions law enforcement face with technology and how a public-private partnership approach can yield improved outcomes in disrupting human trafficking networks.

The Tragedy of Human Trafficking: Competing Theories and European Evidence

This paper explores an issue that is both domestic and international: whether legalization of prostitution leads to an increase in human trafficking.

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2013 Researching Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Comparatively

This article examines different types of comparative research designs as applied to either prostitution or sex trafficking.

10 Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution

What happens when prostitution is treated as “sex work” rather than when it is treated as sexual exploitation and violence against women? What happens when a country such as Sweden rejects legalization and addresses the demand for prostitution?

Legalized Prostitution Effect on Trafficking

Our empirical analysis for a cross-section of up to 150 countries shows that the scale effect dominates the substitution effect. On average, countries where prostitution is legal experience larger reported human trafficking inflows.

Liberal Coercion? Prostitution, Human Trafficking and Policy

The results of this analysis suggest that the liberalisation of prostitution does not lead to better protection and, in some cases, legalized prostitution can be detrimental to protecting victims of human trafficking.

The Challenges of Fighting Sex Trafficking in the Legalized Prostitution Market of the Netherlands

The prostitution business retains many characteristics of an illegitimate market and the legalization and regulation of the prostitution sector has not driven out organized crime.

Trafficking in Persons Along Mexico’s Eastern Migration Routes

The aim of this research is to understand the role of transnational organized crime in human trafficking along Mexico’s eastern migration routes, from Central America to Mexico’s northeastern border

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