Sex Trafficking in the United States
June 26, 2006
The Government Innovators Network and the National Institute of Justice of the U.S. Department of Justice hosted this online event to examine human sex trafficking. Sexual exploitation of trafficked persons is widespread globally, and is increasingly recognized as a significant but largely invisible problem within the United States. Some estimates place the number of people trafficked into the country each year in the tens of thousands. Sex trafficking is a multifaceted threat that requires a comprehensive approach, including prevention measures, identification and prosecution of perpetrators, and protection of victims.
This forum assembled a variety of expert perspectives on the sex trafficking problem (bios). The discussion was moderated by Swanee Hunt, Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and featured:
- Ambassador John Miller of the U.S. State Department (slides)
- Massachusetts State Senator Mark Montigny
- Norma Hotaling, Founder of the SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation) Project (slides)
Recording - listen to the recording of this event
Resources - browse these related resources
Polls - See the results of various audience polls (these numbers reflect informal polls of our audience, and are not intended for use as scientific data)
Post-event chat - After the event concluded, a small group of audience members convened in a text-based chat room to continue the dialogue and exchange information about their own work with human trafficking issues and cases. View a transcript of the discussion.