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This practical, interdisciplinary text draws from empirically grounded scholarship, survivor-centered practices, and an ecological perspective to help readers develop an understanding of the meaning and scope of human trafficking. Throughout the book, the authors address the specific vulnerabilities of human trafficking victims, their medical-psycho-social needs, and issues related to direct service delivery. They also address the identification of human trafficking crimes, traffickers, and the impact of this crime on the global economy. Using detailed case studies to illuminate real situations, the book covers national and international anti-trafficking policies, prevention and intervention strategies, promising practices to combat human trafficking, responses of law enforcement and service providers, organizational challenges, and the cost of trafficking to human wellbeing.

Understanding Terms, Definitions, and Intersectionality
Understanding Terms, Definitions, and Intersectionality

The concept of human trafficking is frequently seen as an issue largely separate from gender-based violence and child abuse when in fact it is part of the continuum of violence and trauma that children in the US, overwhelmingly children living in poverty, experience.1

—Rachel Lloyd, advocate and author of
Girls Like Us
1. Learning Objectives
  • Students will be introduced to definitions and terms used in the field of human trafficking response.
  • Students will be introduced to basic concepts of critical theoretical approaches.
  • Students will appreciate factors that may complicate the definitions and terms.
  • Students will be introduced to value-laden and contextual influences of definitions and terms.
2. Key Ideas

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