Houston, We Have a Problem

Cost of Risk to Traffickers, Buyers and Victims in the Commercial Sex Trade Angie Henderson, Ph.D. Megan Lundstrom, M.A. 20 MINUTE READ While data on the prevalence of sex trafficking victims, buyers and traffickers remains scarce, the economic impact of this industry can be estimated with some validity. The International Labor Organization estimates that sex…

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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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Food & Safety Insecurity for SNAP Recipients

by Melanie Thompson Youth Outreach Coordinator at the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women 5 MINUTE READ It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has our country in turmoil. Many Americans have lost their jobs, schools have temporarily shut down, businesses are financially unstable, and many people are falling ill or losing a loved one.…

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Survivors and Allied Professionals

Megan Lundstrom, M.A. DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH 12 MINUTE READ Research Results: Impacts of COVID-19 from a Community Feedback Survey While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at the local, national and global levels will not be fully understand for several years, most of the human rights and social service industry-leaders have issued statements projecting the…

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Exiting Prostitution: Moving Through Stages of Change During a Pandemic

Exiting Prostitution: Moving Through Stages of Change During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic has undoubtedly impacted the ability for individuals to exit the commercial sex trade. Prostituted persons’ ability to meet their quota has been severely restricted by widespread lockdowns. To compensate, there is evidence that traffickers have moved victims online to maintain their current profit levels (Rosseland, 2020). Yet, at the same time, many involved in the commercial sex industry have contemplated next steps since the pandemic forced them out of their daily routines. In the past few months, individuals we serve at The Avery Center for Research & Services have clearly indicated thinking about “what’s next,” which prompted the need for the present study.

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