Purpose of Paper
The author wrote this paper for the Spring 2018 course, Global Perspectives on Women and Gender (WMS330.61). Dr. Sharon Jacobson was the instructor.
The gender based issue of female domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) reflects the global nature of sex trafficking. Stigma associated with the topic perpetuates the problem. Young girls are particularly vulnerable to domestic minor sex trafficking. The social construction that sexualizes girls and gender disparity in the treatment of victims heightens their risk. Demand fuels this exploitation of girls and laws contradict solutions. DMST can be prevented and victims rehabilitated through research, education, change in language and attitudes, improved laws and enforcement, and strategic social work and human services that address minors at risk of victimization and support victims to avoid recidivism through helping with basic needs, legal assistance, addiction treatment, counseling, and education.
Semon, Jessica R., "The Female Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Epidemic: Awareness and Prevention" (2018). FODL Library Research Awards. 9.