Trends in Organized Crime

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 175–194 | Cite as

An exploratory analysis of prosecutorial attitudes of sex trafficking in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Jonathan A. GrubbEmail author
  • Lisa R. Muftić
  • Irma Deljkić


Human trafficking has been identified as a growing concern across the globe, however, little is known regarding the attitudes of criminal justice actors, notably prosecutors. To address this gap, prosecutors from Bosnia and Herzegovina were surveyed to gain an understanding of their experiences and attitudes related to sex trafficking. Findings suggest that over half of the prosecutors surveyed had worked with sex trafficking victims. Results also indicate a small portion of prosecutors held punitive attitudes for victims, but a significant majority held them for traffickers and customers. In addition to the presentation of findings related to training and knowledge held by prosecutors, limitations and implications are also discussed.


Sex trafficking Prosecutors Attitudes Training Bosnia and Herzegovina 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan A. Grubb
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lisa R. Muftić
    • 2
  • Irma Deljkić
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Justice Studies, College of Juvenile Justice and PsychologyPrairie View A & M UniversityPrairie ViewUSA
  2. 2.Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology, College of Criminal JusticeSam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA
  3. 3.Faculty of Criminal Justice, Criminology & Security StudiesUniversity of SarajevoSarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina

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