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One-Year Snapshot of Sex Trafficking in Las Vegas, NV

Research findings will be presented from a one-year snapshot of sex trafficking cases in Las Vegas, Nevada. This study is a unique partnership between Arizona State University and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and allowed for an inside look at the development of VICE cases and case actions. Trends in the sex trafficking of minors and adults will be discussed, including recruitment methods, transportation of victims, place of origin, elements of force, fraud and coercion, gang involvement, and criminal histories of the traffickers.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Present research findings from a one-year snapshot of sex trafficking cases in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Explore trends in the sex trafficking of minors and adults
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Reaching Ohio’s Vulnerable Populations: Human Trafficking Screens in State Institutions

The Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force was created in 2012 to help exploited children and adults facing dire circumstances in Ohio. An initial recommendation of the Task Force was for the state to develop a standardized screening process for victims of human trafficking to be used by state agencies providing direct services. As a result, Ohio implemented a human trafficking screening tool in state prisons, state psychiatric hospitals, and juvenile correctional facilities. The screening tool, along with its guide, were created to provide state agencies with a tool to be used to identify victims of human trafficking and make referrals for appropriate services. The guide provides staff with an explanation on how to administer the screening tool and tips for using the tool. Since the implementation of the screening tool, over 50,000 screens have been conducted. In 2016, The University of Toledo was contracted to assess the screening tool and develop recommendations regarding strengths and weaknesses.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Describe the screening process in state-run facilities and how it varies between youth and adults who are incarcerated or hospitalized
  • Describe the treatment and services that are available for victims who are incarcerated when identified as a victim of trafficking
  • Share The University of Toledo’s findings and address next steps moving forward
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Human Trafficking in Turkey

Human trafficking, which has become a global problem, requires a global response. Thus, the United Nations as well as the European Union has taken an action to combat human trafficking globally.
According to the definition, “trafficking in persons” shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of a threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation (Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons). In order to combat such a multidimensional problem of human trafficking, it is also important to determine strategies and methods as well as obtain global cooperation. In this context, the United Nations has set out an action framework for effective implementation. The Framework is based on the objectives of the United Nations Trafficking Protocol and its provisions, following the three internationally recognized themes of prevention, protection, and prosecution (the 3Ps) and national and international cooperation and coordination (UNODC, 2009b). In this frame, this study is focused on counter-trafficking efforts of Turkey. The aim of this study is to analyze counter-trafficking policies of Turkey with the 3Ps including the way they define human trafficking, existing legislation, institutions and methods used for combating trafficking.

Presentation Objectives:

·         Describe the United Nations and European Union’s response to the global problem of human trafficking

·         Discuss strategies to combat human trafficking and increase cooperation

·         Describe the 3Ps (prevention, protection, and prosecution)

·         Explain counter-trafficking efforts in Turkey

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Body Rub Centre Task Force/Exposure

In 2014 The City of Edmonton was exploring changes to their municipal regulatory framework impacting Body Rub Centers as well as escorts through the Body Rub Centre Task Force. This group consisted of law enforcement, social service providers, government officials, sex workers, and body rub center owners. At this same time, the federal laws changed in Canada to decriminalize the selling of one’s own sexual services and re-focus enforcement on protecting victims of trafficking and exploitation and vulnerable communities, and hold buyers and traffickers to a higher account. This session will explore how these criminal changes have impacted the work within the bylaws. The presenters with discuss the addition of another bylaw officer and a social worker to the City’s team and some of the work that this team is involved in. Finally, they will discuss the development of software, coined “Exposure”, which they are currently using to automate their online enforcement and outreach efforts.

Presentation Objectives:

·       Provide a basic overview of the recent changes to Canadian criminal law

·       Describe the City of Edmonton Body Rub Centre Task Force and the recommendations to City Council

·       Explain Edmonton’s bylaws and efforts to make the licensed adult services industry safer for workers

·       Describe the current use, and potential future uses, of our locally developed online adult listing software

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Human Trafficking: The Global Monster

Trafficking in persons shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring, trading, or receipt of persons for the purpose of exploitation WITHIN and ACROSS national borders by the use of threat, force, or other forms of coercion, such as fraud, deception, the abuse of power, or exploitation of vulnerability. The illegal trade of human beings occurs locally and internationally for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation has been defined to include induced prostitution, other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude, or the removal of organs.
Presentation Objectives:

·       Discuss the types of trafficking related to Ghana and Africa as a whole

·       Discuss human trafficking and child labor in Africa

·       Describe the causes of human trafficking

·       Discuss the reasons for human trafficking

·       Examine legal frameworks

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The Artist Social Worker: Ways of Bringing the Best of Self to Practice

As part of a committee charged with bringing the power of art to a social justice conference, the presenters worked to bring innovative art that expresses emotion and experience of social injustice. Art and poetry exhibits as well as art performance, such as dance and theater, tell a story about injustice in a way that academic and professional presentations cannot. Throughout history, artists are often the first group to raise alarm about injustice. Research has shown that art and empathy are connected. The audience will learn the transformative potential of the use of art to raise awareness and provoke social justice action. The audience will share in discussions about ways of bringing various forms of art to various community settings.

Presentation Objectives:

·       Describe how art and poetry tells a different story about injustice

·       Discuss the transformative potential of art

·       Start a discussion about ways to bring art to the community

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