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November 19, 2013

"Sex Trafficking Court Holds Hope for the Oft-Blamed"

The title of this post is the title of this notable short essay by Mary Leary now available via SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This opinion piece which appeared in the National Law Journal explores the State of New York’s Human Trafficking Initiative.  This Initiative creates nine Human Trafficking Courts which seek to identify arrestees who may, in fact, be victims of human trafficking and provide them with necessary services.  The column discusses the benefits of this approach to sex trafficking and encourages other jurisdictions to pursue similar models.  Of particular note is the multi-disciplinary approach to this complex issue as well as the initiative’s recognition that each case must be reviewed on its own merits.  The piece concludes with a word of caution regarding the need to work out important details of the scope of the program.

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I refere everybody who reads the above article to a well-written article that appeared in the November 2, 2013, issue of ALTERNET, that exposes several myths about sex-trafficing. Examples of the article's discovery include: that boys make up fifty percent of child victims; that women make up forty percent of "customers" who use boy victims, while making up approximately ten percent of customers who exploit girl victims; that mostly families will do the pimping of these child sex victims; very rarely does a stranger kidnap these children to forcibly engage in these offenses; that the law also often confuses child victims with the perpetrators; and so forth.

Posted by: william r. delzell | Nov 20, 2013 9:57:29 AM

Since there is a rush or hysteria about this topic, it will probably be very common for false accusations to occur, and knowing whether the victim in certain sense committed a crime under coercion or not. Not saying the crime doesn't exist, but some media stories and a rush for legislation, mean mistakes bound to happen.

Posted by: Kris | Jan 17, 2014 6:48:41 AM

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