Familial Sex Trafficking among the Bedia Caste of India: Defying the Dominant Human Trafficking Discourse

Authors Rochelle L. Dalla, Ph.D., CFLE, Kaitlin Roselius, B.S., Sarah Erwin, M.S., Ph.D. Candidate, Jessie Peter, M.S. Ph.D. Candidate, Jhaveri Panshal, Ph.D., Ranjan R. Mischra, Ph.D. Candidate, & Sahu, S., M.S. University/Organization University of Nebraska- Lincoln Abstract In India, numerous castes practice customary prostitution (Dolson, 2014; Jha & Sharma, 2016) that is either religious (e.g., […]

The Impact of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic on Global Human Trafficking

Presenter Sosamma Samuel-Burnett University/Organization G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice Online Abstract COVID-19 is an unprecedented global phenomenon. It became a wide scale global health pandemic reaching 221 countries and territories worldwide. But beyond its health implications, the broader political, economic, and social implications have made it distinct from almost any other global health crisis in recent history. Those […]

What are the research needs that are critical to empowering those combatting human trafficking?

Presenter Sandra Morgan University/Organization Vanguard University Abstract Human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery, is a widely discussed criminal enterprise, but one that is not deeply understood. This presentation will consider research gaps through the lens of a five “P” trauma and survivor-informed model for combatting human trafficking: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, Partnership, and Policy. The […]

LGBTQ+ Homeless young Adults and Sex Trafficking Vulnerability

Presenter Kimberly Hogan University/Organization University of Southern Mississippi/Arizona State University Abstract Background and Purpose: LGBTQ+ youth account for a disproportionate rate of the runaway and homeless youth population, and experience disproportionately high rates of victimization. In a six-year analysis, from 2014-2019, the Arizona State University Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research completed a study entitled […]

The Innovate Colorado Program: Evaluation Results from a Statewide Collaboration

Presenter Lauren Alessi University/Organization CSU/ Colorado State Gov’t Abstract The Innovate Colorado (IC) Program built upon existing efforts to address sex and labor trafficking in Colorado by working with the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS), Regional Human Trafficking Specialists, the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, local law […]

Exploring Private Investigators’ Ability for Human Trafficking Investigations

Presenter Charles Hounmenou University/Organization University of Illinois at Chicago Abstract This presentation shows that private investigators (PIs) have the potential to supplement law enforcement’s efforts to investigate human trafficking cases. A mixed method design, including survey and interview methods, was used to examine not only the work experience of PIs in human trafficking investigations, but […]

Rochelle Dalla

Rochelle L. Dalla, PhD, is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Rochelle L. Dalla, PhD, is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Her research focuses on marginalized and hard-to-reach populations of sex trafficking survivors, with most recent work centralized in India. She is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Human Trafficking and has been honored with multiple research and teaching awards, […]