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Prostitution Research and Education of Melissa Farley, Ph.D.

Melissa Farley Ph.D. is an American clinical psychologist, researcher and feminist anti-pornography and anti-prostitution activist.

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Who is at risk?

Anyone could potentially become a victim of human trafficking. Often there are stereotypes of victims that are often portrayed as innocent young girls who are forced into the commercial sex act. Women, men, and children of all ages can be trafficked for sex.

Where does it happen?

Human trafficking happens around the world. There are an estimated 30 million slaves in the world today (McKirdy, 2014). Trafficking happens in Nebraska as well. There are an estimated 1800 women in Omaha alone involved in the sex trade and approximately 50% of them are involuntary (Shavers et. al., 2013).

How are victims controlled?

Victims are often manipulated with a combination of physical violence and affection to instill loyalty. Traffickers will typically control every aspect of their lives and beat the victim should they not obey.  A great deal of psychological control is given to trafficker.

Why is this a challenge?
The Institute for Shelter Care

Introduction The Institute for Shelter Care seeks to equip sexual exploitation/trafficking shelters by providing them with research that facilitates decision support. This study summarizes current staffing challenges and hiring practices among shelters. It is the goal of this report that shelter leaders can take this summary of data and apply it to their shelters as they see fit, to best serve their survivors, staff, and volunteers. Methodology The survey population for this report included the 232 agencies identified as open and actively providing residential care to survivors of sexual exploitation/trafficking according to the Institute for Shelter Care’s National Landscape Map. They were invited to respond to a survey via email, and 45 responses were received; therefore, this survey sample reflects 19% of the trafficking shelter population in the United States.
Funding for Homes Survey
The Institute for Shelter Care

Organizational budgets and cost of care varied significantly, as some agencies are still in the start-up phase and have not incurred years of operational stability to prove their economics. Many of the respondents to the survey are the founders of the organization and demonstrate that “pioneer” spirit by continuing to do the work despite inadequate human and financial resources. It’s not surprising, then, that the greatest need expressed by these agencies is for funding to support human capital, which is also the larger portion of their budgets. Several agencies maintain uncompensated staff and few have dedicated personnel or the in-house expertise to support development. Funders interested in this segment must recognize the relative immaturity of this field of work and be tolerant of the lack of industry baselines, comparative models or proven practices. Funding that may have the most impact for these agencies, this report suggests, would be in the areas of increasing donor awareness and cultivation, and providing for salary off-set for critical leadership positions.

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