If Houston Has a Problem, McLennan County Has a Solution

McLennan County: Cost of Risk

30 MINUTE READ Since sex trafficking is an illegal enterprise, accounting for the cost of risk should any involved party be arrested, convicted, and fined is key. Further, it can help policymakers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others approach this industry more efficiently – by raising the cost of risk for exploiters, while reducing harm to…

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Made for Them (MFT) Report: An Avery Seal Evaluation

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30 MINUTE READ The Avery Center for Research and Services’ Avery Seal Team conducted a formal program evaluation on Made for Them’s ten- year anniversary during March of 2022 to August of 2022. The formal purpose of this evaluation was to conduct an in-depth analysis of the practices and operations, as well as assess the…

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The Role of Addictive Substances in Different Types of Sex Trafficking in Urban Areas in the U.S.: A Study of Control

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Sex traffickers manipulate their victims through force, fraud, and coercion into performing sexual acts in exchange for something of value. Often, traffickers use addictive substances to recruit and manipulate their victims into compliance. Less is known about how different types of traffickers – boyfriend/Romeo, gang- controlled or “guerilla/gorilla” pimps, and familial traffickers – use substances…

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Sex Trafficking Prevalence, Cost of Risk, and Outreach in Delaware: A Community-Based Sample

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Reliable data on the scope of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) is difficult to access; most reports rely on law-enforcement or health care interactions with sex trafficking victims, victims who reach out for services post-exploitation, or other non-governmental organization estimates. What’s missing is a real-time look at how sex trafficking victimization operates outside of organizations. The…

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OnlyFans Report: A Case Study of Exploitation in the Digital Age

30 MINUTE READ Though the OnlyFans online social platform became wildly popular in early 2020, it has been around since 2016. This rapid rise to fame corresponded with the 2020 COVID-19 widespread shelter orders and layoffs that disproportionately impacted young people employed in the service industry. By November of 2020, OnlyFans’ revenues for the year…

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Trauma-Informed Considerations for Anti-Trafficking Efforts in the COVID-19 Environment, its Aftermath, and in the Context of Possible Future Pandemics

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We’re pleased to share these reports from a collaborative project between co-founder Megan Lundstrom and Jennifer Roman-Martin, LICSW, both consultants for the Human Trafficking Expert Consultant Network. This report was funded by and created for the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and was published as part of their annual…

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Taking a Look Behind The Other Board

4 MINUTE READ Learning about The Other Board When first starting this project, I had only a little bit of knowledge of sex trafficking and all it entailed. I gained an internship opportunity with The Avery Center inputting data from TheOtherBoard.com (TOB). I had never heard of this site before and had only a general…

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