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First Responder Training on the Identification and Treatment of Victims of Sex Trafficking

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Title: First Responder Training on the Identification and Treatment of Victims of Sex Trafficking
Author: Rayner, Brittany
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Abstract: The number of sex trafficking cases in Canada have been consistently increasing over the years. In-depth research addresses many aspects of sex trafficking including victim demographics, trafficker demographics and the process of being sex trafficked, but research fails to consider how each sector of first responder is trained to identify and help victims of sex trafficking. Through a qualitative framework and semi-structured interviews this research aims to understand how first responders are trained to identify and help victims of sex trafficking in Ontario, Canada. The research suggests that there is a lack of training for first responders to identify and help victims of sex trafficking, and therefore encourages further training. Lastly, the research demonstrates the importance of first responders building trust with victims. Based on these findings, I encourage organizations to provide training for everyone (first responder or not) about sex trafficking in general as well as a specific field related training for each employment sector of first responders on how to build trust, identify, and help victims of sex trafficking; secondly, I encourage future researchers to expand the definition of first responders of sex trafficking; thirdly, any future research should consult law enforcement about what can be included in published results; lastly, scholars should also consult survivors because they are experts on their own trafficking experiences.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/24089
Date: 2020-12
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