Human trafficking and U.S. government responses post- 9/11
DeCeoursty, Kevin D.
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The thesis examines the effectiveness of U.S. government anti-human trafficking efforts in the post- 9/11 environment. The body of human trafficking literature has revealed four common themes: human agency, labor rights, the sex industry, and crime control. The thesis examines five federal departments that were selected based on their relative experience, expertise, and operational mandates. Open source statistical data and other information gleaned from documents, articles, and reports determine how each department's efforts to combat human trafficking correlate to the four main human trafficking themes. The thesis has illuminated that through experience and initiative, the applicable federal departments properly identify and balance the external and internal aspects of human trafficking. The current state of federal efforts to combat human trafficking are encouraging, as they provide sufficient remedies to trafficking victims who are marginalized, disenfranchised, or subjugated, and provide some trafficking disincentives. These efforts are steps toward the global paradigm shift required to eliminate the exploitation of vulnerable populations and individuals.
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