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Make a Gift. UROC's ongoing Sex Trading, Trafficking and Community Well-Being Initiative is an academic-based initiative on the forefront of tackling the problems related to sex trading and sex trafficking through collaborative research deed to impact practice and spur action.
The initiative focuses on the problem at large, as well as how North Minneapolis and other communities can take action to end sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in Minnesota. UROC Director of Research Lauren Martin, who has led local research efforts on the issue sinceis spearheading the initiative by partnering with dozens of community partners, including government agencies, individuals, corporations, and researchers. Sex trafficking and trading are part of a statewide, regional, national and international marketplace for commercial sex that functions on the economic principles of supply and demand.
This market is hidden, illegal, dangerous and stigmatized. It negatively impacts women, children, families, and community health. Researchers at UROC are working to understand the marketplace and the complex ways that exploitation, racism, sexism and poverty shape this market and the experiences of people in the market. The work has also contributed to major policy and legislative work through local, regional, and state government.
The Safe Harbor for All Strategic Planning Process Report identifies potential impacts of policy changes on the safety, health, dignity and justice for adults involved in transactional sex, including victims of trafficking, and exploitation. Based on input from stakeholders from across Minnesota, the report sheds light on the intended and unintended harms—including lack of housing and police protection— to adults who are trafficked for sex or are involved in transactional sex due. Mapping the Demand: Sex Buyers in Minnesota surfaces new community-based knowledge about who purchases sex, where they live and purchase sex, how they enter the market, and what they seek in the marketplace.
This report fills a critical gap in our knowledge about the statewide marketplace for commercial sex and the role of sex buyers in that market. It was funded by the Women's Foundation of Minnesota. Victims of sex trafficking often seek help and support presenting as victims of sexual assault or domestic violence. Yet the intersections of these crimes are not well understood.
UROC's team conducted a secondary analysis of qualitative data on sex trafficking to explore themes related to these intersections. This project seeks to identify prevention opportunities around these intersections surfaced through community wisdom and context. This project will include in a series of community roundtable discussions throughout Minnesota to de innovative solutions addressing the complexities of these intersections.
This project is funded through the Minnesota Department of Health. Learn more here: Statewide Community Roundtables on Prevention. Lauren Martin to conduct a thorough review of the academic literature on sex trafficking and sporting events, as well as media coverage of past Super Bowls and how they dealt with sex trafficking. We saw a substantial increase in coverage and a shift in how the issue is covered over time.
Released inMapping the Market for Sex with Minor Trafficked Girls in Minneapolis documents the processes through which a supply of trafficked girls is developed and brought to the marketplace by sex trafficking operations. Read the executive summary and full report. Expand all.
Nationally recognized for her groundbreaking research in the area of sex trading and sex trafficking prevention, Lauren Martin is UROC's director of research. An expert on community engaged research methods, Martin oversees UROC's research projects and grant operations. She received her doctoral degree in anthropology and historical studies from the New School for Social Research in New York and has been conducting research with community partners since Montana has worked on various research projects around housing, tenants' rights, gender equality, and commercial sexual exploitation.
Montana is passionate about action research approaches that involve community participation and lead towards social change. Annie Hill is a rhetorical scholar who studies rape logic, victim-blaming, policing of sex workers, and the development and implementation of anti-trafficking measures. Hill earned a Ph. Harshada is a doctoral student at the Applied Economics department of the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include community development and access driven development.
She has a background in journalism.
She is from Mumbai, India. Trained in community-based and participatory research approaches, Christina Melander focuses her research at UROC on sex trafficking, gender equality, and intersectional inequalities. She has experience working with elementary children with emotional behavior challenges, as well as volunteers as a survivor advocate at a local domestic violence shelter.
Cheyenne has worked as a research assistant in the Initiative sincecontributing to numerous projects. In Cheyenne was awarded a recipient of the Sharon L. Natalie Taber focuses her research on the intersections of race, identity and structural oppressions. She applies this approach as well as practice-based expertise to numerous projects in the initiative. As a recipient of the Kente Circle Clinical Fellowship, she recently completed work as an intern therapist at Kente Circle, a clinic that centers issues of race, ethnicity and culture in mental health.
The Challenge Sex trafficking and trading are part of a statewide, regional, national and international marketplace for commercial sex that functions on the economic principles of supply and demand. Latest Research—Safe Harbor for All Strategic Planning Process Report Download the report Read the news release The Safe Harbor for All Strategic Planning Process Report identifies potential impacts of policy changes on the safety, health, dignity and justice for adults involved in transactional sex, including victims of trafficking, and exploitation.
Mapping the Demand: Sex Buyers in Minnesota. Expand all All Reports, Resources, and Publications. Fritz Fogel, K. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. Martin, L. Sex and sensibilities: Doing action research while respecting even inspiring dignity.
Bradbury Ed. A benefit-cost framework for early intervention to prevent sex trading.
Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis5 143— Sampling and sex trading: Lessons on research de from the street. Action Research, 11 3 Meaningful differences: Comparison of adult women who first traded sex as a juvenile versus as an adult. Violence Against Women, 16 11 The Team. Annie Hill, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota Annie Hill is a rhetorical scholar who studies rape logic, victim-blaming, policing of sex workers, and the development and implementation of anti-trafficking measures.Minneapolis in sex with girls
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Mapping the Market for Sex with Trafficked Minor Girls in Minneapolis: Structures, Functions, and Patterns, Full report: Preliminary Findings