Graduation Date

5-2014

Document Type

Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Humanities and Cultural Studies

Department or Program Chair

Chase Clow, Ph.D. Candidate

First Reader

Robert Bradford, M.A.

Abstract

In examining human trafficking, particularly within the sexual slavery realm, it is clear that there is limited awareness regarding how widespread it truly is. This thesis discusses the prevalence of human trafficking within the United States, with a particular focus on sexual slavery and human trafficking occurring in Sonoma and Marin Counties. The story of a local human trafficking survivor is chronicled throughout the thesis, using her incredibly personal story to connect to the larger narrative of the human trafficking victim. The emphasis on local trafficking is meant to open reader's eyes to the reality that sexual slavery is not solely a third-world problem, but a domestic one as well. This thesis is meant to illuminate the dark world of human trafficking and offer ways that the public can aid in helping victims, as well as various ways to become involved in the fight against sexual slavery within our communities.

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