publication . Article . 2016

The Prosecution of State-Level Human Trafficking Cases in the United States

Amy Farrell; Monica J DeLateur; Colleen Owens; Stephanie Fahy;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 May 2016 Journal: Anti-Trafficking Review (issn: 2286-7511, eissn: 2287-0113, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women
Abstract
In an effort to combat human trafficking, the United States federal government and all fifty states passed new laws that criminalise human trafficking and support the identification and prosecution of human trafficking perpetrators. Despite the passage of these laws, only a small number of human trafficking cases have been prosecuted in the last fifteen years. Guided by the notion that prosecutors seek to avoid uncertainty when making decisions to pursue criminal prosecution, we explore how human trafficking crimes are indicted under these newly defined state laws. Using a sample of cases from twelve US counties and interviews with police, prosecutors and court ...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: health care economics and organizations
free text keywords: prosecution, human trafficking, law reform, uncertainty avoidance, Law, K
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