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Honors Thesis


The purpose of this research study was to determine whether educating the public on the issue of sex trafficking has an impact on cases being reported. Several non-profit organizations located across Texas were interviewed. The organizations' mission is to provide services to sex trafficking victims and raise public awareness. Interviews were conducted with organizations located in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston. A major finding is that failure to properly identify victims is a core issue. Public awareness has increased. The public is aware that sex trafficking is a current issue, but their awareness does not impact cases being reported. Frequently, victims are seen as offenders rather than sex trafficking victims. They are documented as prostitutes, truants, and runaways. Research participants emphasized that in order to have an impact, cases should be identified and documented as sex trafficking cases. Sex trafficking victims need to be differentiated from offenders.

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