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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

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

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

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 ...
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Legal Deserts Report – ACCESSING LEGAL SERVICES FOR SURVIVORS OF SEX TRAFFICKING

Human trafficking victims who are exploited in the commercial sex industry are highly likely to be arrested for offenses catalyzed by their victimization. The resulting criminal records shadow survivors out of trafficking and serve as barriers to achieving sustainable independence. ...
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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

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 ...
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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CONTEXT – How Survivor-Led Collaborations Can Inform Anti-Money Laundering Efforts

Financial institutions are in a unique position to detect, disrupt, and prevent the illegal profits generated by human trafficking. But just because it may be possible to detect potential trafficking through financial records does not mean it is easy. Trafficking ...
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Taking a Look Behind The Other Board

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 ...
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Disrupting the Dichotomous Narrative: This Isn’t About “Good Guys” Versus “Bad Guys”

Disrupting the Dichotomous Narrative: This Isn’t About “Good Guys” Versus “Bad Guys”

The Dichotomy Is Flawed I have been involved in the anti-trafficking movement for several years, walking alongside survivors and those I lovingly refer to as "powerfrau" women leaders, along with some outstanding male allies as well. Over the course of ...
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Food & Safety Insecurity for SNAP Recipients

Food & Safety Insecurity for SNAP Recipients

by Melanie Thompson Youth Outreach Coordinator at the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women 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 ...
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Impacts of COVID-19 on Survivors and Allied Professionals

Impacts of COVID-19 on Survivors and Allied Professionals

Megan Lundstrom, M.A. DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH 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 ...
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Exiting Prostitution: Moving Through Stages of Change During a Pandemic

Exiting Prostitution: Moving Through Stages of Change During a Pandemic

Angie Henderson, Ph.D. Megan Lundstrom, M.A. Introduction & Background 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 ...
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A Sample of Applied Research in Anti Sex Trafficking Work Across Sectors

With over a decade of combined lived experience, direct service provision, and academic research, The Avery Center co-founder Megan Lundstrom offers case studies, pilot project analyses, mathematical models, and framework created between 2015-2018 aimed at equipping professionals (such as first ...
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