International Studies (B.A.)
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Thesis (open access)
Human sex trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that is prevalent in the United States and across the globe. Currently, a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) exist to diminish sex trafficking. I seek to discover how powerful the efforts of NGOs are in combating sex trafficking. I argue that NGOs are successful in combating sex trafficking to the extent that their efforts are coordinated. Although an NGO may experience individual success in decreasing sex trafficking in a given area, without coordinating their efforts with the efforts of other NGOs, they will lack attaining the full knowledge, power, and resources that are useful in combating sex trafficking. I test this argument on the domestic level by conducting interviews among sex trafficking NGOs in Savannah, Georgia. I ask these NGOs about the capacity of their funding and expertise, with whom they coordinate their efforts, and their perceived level of success of their efforts. I couple interview responses alongside data on the number of sex trafficking victims in Savannah over a ten year period. I find that there is a lack of coordination among NGOs in Savannah. While this lack of coordination does not support my hypotheses, I find that there is a desire among sex trafficking NGOs to coordinate their efforts, and it is likely that increased coordination among these NGOs would increase their effectiveness in combating sex trafficking.
Prangley, Megan, "Coordination Sensation: When NGOs Strike Down Sex Trafficking" (2019). University Honors Program Theses. 394.