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The slide presentations are available at the bottom of this page.


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.



State Department - Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons - a variety of resources, including the 2006 Trafficking in Persons Report.

Standing Against Global Exploitation (SAGE) Project - a unique collaboration between law enforcement, public health, social services, and private agencies that aims to bring an end to the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adults.

NIJ International Center resources

-         International Human Trafficking Research

-         Global Crime Issues

NCJRS Spotlight Page - gateway to research and training to combat human trafficking, run by the Polaris Project, for professionals, researchers, and concerned community members.


U.N. Global Programme against Trafficking in Human Beings - brings Government and NGOs in the East Asia and Pacific together to cooperate and learn from each other's experiences in their efforts to combat human trafficking.

Other resources

Norma Hotaling interviewed on NPR's Talk of the Nation

Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act 2005

Public service announcement from the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime about sex trafficking in women

Recent articles

Rassam, Yasmine. (2006). "U.S. leads fight to end human trafficking.", June 16.

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. (2004). "Statement of Senator John McCain Regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Campaign." April 22.

Apollo, Anne Marie. (2006). "Lee County's human trafficking unit gets results." Naples News, March 17.

Mundy, Alicia. (2006). "Camel jockeys become issue in ports deal." Seattle Times, March 5.

Hough, Lory. (2005). "Harvard IOP Event: Stolen Lives: Trafficking of women." Harvard Gazette, March 10.

Powell, Alvin. (2006). "IOP student report raises U.S. sexual slavery profile: Students discuss results with state Senator Montigny." Harvard Gazette, March 16.

MacDonald, Christine. (2006). "Smoothing the edges to soothe the abused." Boston Globe, March 12.

Bunch, Will, and Charlotte Bruce Harvey. (2006). "Against Their Will." Brown Alumni Magazine, January/February.

"'U' hosts conference on tourism and sex trafficking." Associated Press, April 26, 2006.

Meyer, Paul. (2006). "Asian spa arrests fuel debate on human trafficking.The Dallas Morning News, May 15.

Bulger, Adam. (2006). "Heavy Traffic?: A recent wave of prostitution arrests in Waterbury raises the specter of trafficking in Connecticut." Hartford Advocate, May 18.

Cooper, Claire, and Christina Jewett. (2006). "Law enforcement focuses on human traffickers."Sacramento Bee, May 21.

Locy, Toni. (2006). "Government Condition Barred on AIDS Funds." Associated Press, May 18.

Kuhn, Megan. (2006). "Conference Spotlights Human Trafficking In Region.Leesburg Today, May 2.

Habermann, Zach. (2006). "Brothel Brothers Get 50 Years in Prison." New York Post, April 28.