The Business of Juvenile Sex Trafficking
For the week of November 23rd, 2014
Sex trafficking of juveniles in Minnesota is a brutal business. New research from the University of Minnesota is shedding light on how victims are initially lured into the system and controlled through violence and threats. On this week’s Access Minnesota, Dr. Lauren Martin from the U’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center and Artika Roller from the Family Partnership’s PRIDE program discuss the dynamics of sex trafficking and what can be done to help its victims.
Part 1 – (1:25) The goal of Martin’s new research; (3:20) Where buyers come from; (4:30) The challenges and concerns of this research (6:10) The PRIDE Program; (7:30) Trafficking as modern day slavery; (9:50) Comparing Minnesota business with similar US cities; (11:45) The role of systematic violence and manipulation
Part 2 – (:30) Victim recruitment; (4:30) The role of technology in recruiting and retaining girls; (5:35) Factors that keep victims in the business; (8:50) Long-term psychological effects of trafficking on victims; (10:46) Male victims of trafficking