Responding to Domestic Minors Sex Trafficking (DMST): Developing Principle-Based Practices

Karin Wachter, Laurie Cook Heffron, Noël Bridget Busch-Armendariz, Maura B. Nsonwu, Matt Kammer-Kerwick, Bruce Kellison, Amy L.E. Jones, Gretchen M. Sanders

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Abstract

Over the last decade, modern slavery has emerged as a major social-justice issue. Many new organizations in the United States have begun serving survivors of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST), while others have expanded their services to include this vulnerable population in their mission. This qualitative study describes the principle-based practices that emerged from structured interviews with staff employed at five well-established organizations in the United States whose missions include providing direct services to DMST survivors. Thematic analysis identified five guiding principle-based practices for working with DMST survivors: nurture the humanity and dignity of clients; contextualize the needs of survivors within a broader social-justice framework; prioritize the immediate and practical needs of clients; support of the dynamic nature of survivors’ healing; help identify and engage community and professional partners who are essential to the work of serving DMST survivors and ending sex trafficking. This research enhances the field’s understanding of principle-based practice with DMST survivors and encourages those working with DMST survivors to critically consider the principles behind their practice. The findings are particularly important given complex vulnerabilities and needs, and the significant rise in the number of untrained organizations providing services to survivors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-271
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Human Trafficking
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Domestic minor sex trafficking
  • human trafficking
  • modern-day slavery
  • sex trafficking
  • trafficking in persons
  • Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Anthropology
  • Transportation
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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Wachter, K., Cook Heffron, L., Busch-Armendariz, N. B., Nsonwu, M. B., Kammer-Kerwick, M., Kellison, B., ... Sanders, G. M. (2016). Responding to Domestic Minors Sex Trafficking (DMST): Developing Principle-Based Practices. Journal of Human Trafficking, 2(4), 259-271. https://doi.org/10.1080/23322705.2016.1145489

Responding to Domestic Minors Sex Trafficking (DMST) : Developing Principle-Based Practices. / Wachter, Karin; Cook Heffron, Laurie; Busch-Armendariz, Noël Bridget; Nsonwu, Maura B.; Kammer-Kerwick, Matt; Kellison, Bruce; Jones, Amy L.E.; Sanders, Gretchen M.

In: Journal of Human Trafficking, Vol. 2, No. 4, 01.10.2016, p. 259-271.

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Wachter, K, Cook Heffron, L, Busch-Armendariz, NB, Nsonwu, MB, Kammer-Kerwick, M, Kellison, B, Jones, ALE & Sanders, GM 2016, 'Responding to Domestic Minors Sex Trafficking (DMST): Developing Principle-Based Practices', Journal of Human Trafficking, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 259-271. https://doi.org/10.1080/23322705.2016.1145489
Wachter K, Cook Heffron L, Busch-Armendariz NB, Nsonwu MB, Kammer-Kerwick M, Kellison B et al. Responding to Domestic Minors Sex Trafficking (DMST): Developing Principle-Based Practices. Journal of Human Trafficking. 2016 Oct 1;2(4):259-271. https://doi.org/10.1080/23322705.2016.1145489
Wachter, Karin ; Cook Heffron, Laurie ; Busch-Armendariz, Noël Bridget ; Nsonwu, Maura B. ; Kammer-Kerwick, Matt ; Kellison, Bruce ; Jones, Amy L.E. ; Sanders, Gretchen M. / Responding to Domestic Minors Sex Trafficking (DMST) : Developing Principle-Based Practices. In: Journal of Human Trafficking. 2016 ; Vol. 2, No. 4. pp. 259-271.
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