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Publication Date

Summer 2023


Goal Statement: The aim of this social change is to prevent the frequency of sex trafficking in the Reno/Sparks area through strengthened awareness and advocacy.

Significant Findings: Sex trafficking is defined by forced labor of sexual acts, and is typically done through force, fraud, and coercion (Harmon, 2022). The victims of this crime are often vulnerable populations like children and young women. It is estimated that 25 million people in the world were victims of human trafficking (Harmon, 2022). In Reno, Nevada it is a huge hub for sex trafficking. This can change with more border controls and awareness throughout the community.

Objectives/Strategies/Interventions/Next Steps: Moving forward to end sex trafficking is a huge accomplishment, however, starting off small can still be impactful. Looking at the media and its influence on society can help bring awareness. In addition to bringing awareness, we can incorporate more protective programs. Child FIRST is a program that does home visits with low economic families with children that are already at risk for emotional, behavioral, or developmental problems, or child maltreatment (Social Programs, 2018). Another program to partner with is AWAKEN, the local nonprofit group helping to fight sex-trafficking. Information presented to each college student can be a way to bring awareness to the community of young women. Finally, looking at the local brothels and the patterns of abuse that are correlated with them can help bring evidence to light.