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Prostitution Policies Used as a Tool to Combat Human Sex Trafficking
Klein, Kristin, D.
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Undergraduate Honors Thesis


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Demand analysis ( jstor )
Human existence ( jstor )
Human trafficking ( jstor )
Legal research ( jstor )
Prostitution ( jstor )
Sex workers ( jstor )
Supply ( jstor )
Supply and demand ( jstor )
Traffic laws ( jstor )
Violence ( jstor )


This research explores different prostitution policies and their effect on human trafficking. Three specific types of prostitution regimes are analyzed: complete criminalization (illegal supply and demand), complete legalization (legal supply and demand), and partial-criminalization (legal supply and illegal demand). Violence rates are analyzed and compared in the United States, the Netherlands , and Sweden. Violence rates are shown to be positively correlated with the existence of human trafficking. A major research question addressed is: do different types of prostitution policies increase or decrease violence rates in sex workers thereby increasing or decreasing the existence of human trafficking? This paper then explores whether actual human trafficking rates can be measured and compared pre and post implementation of the specific prostitution law. It is researched and reported by several sources that violence rates in prostitutes at best were reduced and at worse remained the same in partially-criminalized law. Examples of increased violence rates are purported in both a fully criminalized and fully legalized prostitution regime. By this measure, it seems that the partial-criminalization law of prostitution (legal supply and illegal demand) is the most effective in decreasing human trafficking rates.

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