Analyzing the Demand Aspect of Sex Trafficking: Addressing the Market through Legislation and Tactics
Jessica A. Brautigam1, James B. Caruthers1, Ashley D. Knarr1, Todd J. Latiolais2, Alice Li3, Paul Osadebe4, Benjamin P. Rowe*, 5
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2016
Issue: Suppl 2: M2
First Page: 173
Last Page: 187
Publisher ID: MEDJ-3-173
Article History:Received Date: 17/09/2015
Revision Received Date: 7/10/2015
Acceptance Date: 27/10/2015
Electronic publication date: 31/10/2016
Collection year: 2016
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Human trafficking is a serious human rights violation. To combat human trafficking, the United States government and the State of Texas are shifting policies towards addressing the demand for commercial sex in an attempt to disrupt the trafficking “market.” In order to better understand the sex trafficking market, we examine its components, specifically: suppliers, the supply of victims, and purchasers of victims. This article also provides an overview of federal and Texas anti-trafficking laws and how these laws address demand within their texts. Finally, the article provides an overview of some common demand reduction techniques.