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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Donovan on Sex Trafficking Victims

Elizabeth M Donovan (Ave Maria School of Law) has posted Same As It Ever Was: In Support of the Rights of Sex Trafficking Victims (Quinnipiac Law Review, Vol. 36, No. 4, 2018) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This article examines the factors that lead historians to conclude that early 20th century Progressive reformers created a panic over a perceived sex trafficking problem that never really existed. It then examines how those same factors drive contemporary sex worker rights advocates to object to treating individuals in the sex trade as victims. The article then turns to the demand for sexual access, and the harsh physical, mental, and social harms that individuals in the sex trade suffer, even under the best circumstances. Finally, the article outlines United Nations and United States prostitution and sex trafficking policy recommendations aimed at reducing the number of individuals drawn into and kept in the sex industry, reducing the harms suffered by individuals in or leaving the industry, and reducing the market for the purchase of sexual access to others.

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