Regulating Away Sex Trafficking: An Analysis of the Impact of Predominant Prostitution Regulation Techniques on Reducing Sex Trafficking




Kadous, Victoria Elizabeth

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Currently there are multiple techniques used to regulate the profession of prostitution, and while they might not all share the same goals for prostitution, they all can be evaluated as trying to reduce the exploitation associated with prostitution and in many cases, sex trafficking. My research evaluates the predominant prostitution regulation techniques in Europe and America today—the Dutch, Swedish, and Criminalization models—to see how well they reduce sex trafficking in their regions. This comparison is done by looking at one country per model, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States of America, which are all known for having relatively good governmental reporting techniques, to see how sex trafficking has been effected throughout the 2000s. By doing this, I hope to have a better understanding of what impact regulation styles have on reducing exploitation and how some techniques may actually be counter-active to their intended goals.



sex trafficking, prostitution regulation, Netherlands, Sweden, United States, criminalization, palermo protocol, Honors College


Kadous, V. E. (2016). Regulating away sex trafficking: An analysis of the impact of predominant prostitution regulation techniques on reducing sex trafficking (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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