An Organizational Systems View of Sex Trafficking

  • Latrice Annette Drain


The trafficking of humans as commodity has a long, disconcerting, and global history. Literature mainly focuses upon prevalence, terminology inconsistencies, or outcomes and minimally on systemic factors that perpetuate this illegal and immoral practice. Increasingly however, research is exploring this often-overlooked side of trafficking. From an organizational systems perspective, the legal and political landscape, cultural elements, societal views, and economic statuses of both individuals and nations exhibit the intertwined nature of micro and macro facets of those trafficked as well as the traffickers and within a larger social structure. Organized crime networks, laws criminalizing those trafficked or decriminalizing traffickers and buyers, lack of corporate responsibility and governmental stability, oppressive tactics, public perceptions and/or unawareness, and cultural influences, among others, elucidate the existence and continuance of this global health concern. The transnational aspect of trafficking, along with views about and approaches to trafficking, across cultures, is essential in conceptualizing, educating, and dismantling its leading contributing factors. A clandestine world, trafficking of humans is viewed with a systems lens, which is necessary to glean a fuller and informed view of trafficking as a whole.


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  • Latrice Annette Drain
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  1. 1.L3 Group, LLCChicagoUSA

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