Curiosity and a pimp: exploring avenues of entry and sex trafficking victimization among participants in a prostitution diversion programme

Hickle, Kristine and Roe-Sepowitz, Dominique (2017) Curiosity and a pimp: exploring avenues of entry and sex trafficking victimization among participants in a prostitution diversion programme. Women and Criminal Justice, 27 (2). pp. 122-138. ISSN 0897-4454

[img] PDF - Published Version
Restricted to SRO admin only

Download (332kB)

Abstract

This mixed-methods study explored entry into the sex trade industry and experiences of sex trafficking victimization among 478 adult women enrolled in a prostitution diversion program in a large southwestern state. Written responses to several open-ended survey questions were coded using a template approach to content analysis wherein a priori codes were identified based on characteristics of sex trafficking victimization identified in the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (U.S. Department of State, 2000). Findings revealed that approximately one third of participants (n = 161) described sex trafficking experiences on entry into the sex trade industry, and quantitative analysis revealed that women who experienced sex trafficking as part of entering the sex trade industry were more likely to report abuse during childhood and adulthood, to report gang involvement, and to be involved in multiple types of sex trade industry work. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2015 15:37
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 14:24
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58678

View download statistics for this item

📧 Request an update