Reducing Demand for Human Trafficking: A Non-linear Approach for Developing Capacity

This article suggests a focus not only on victim services and prevention, but an approach that includes a focus on strategies to reduce demand. Using The Salvation Army as a frame of reference, this publication suggests building organizational capacity as a platform for reducing the problem of sex trafficking, and more specifically the demand. Looking at the organizations’ resource capacity, internal capacity, programmatic capacity, network capacity, and political capacity, provides a measure for the ability of this organization to respond to the issue of trafficking. The article recommends that all organizations developing efforts to combat human encompass four key points; “questions are important”, “tensions and ambiguities arise in questioning,” “relationships are essential in understanding and bringing about change,” and “a mindset that encourages the understanding of interdependencies between demand and supply is critical.” This article is not particularly helpful in our research to understand the scope of the issue of human trafficking, however it is helpful in determining effectiveness of organizations that are in place to work with victims and perpetrators.

Wolf-Branigin, Michael, Sandra Garza and Michael A. Smith. 2010. “Reducing Demand for Human Trafficking: A Non-linear Approach for Developing Capacity.” Social Work & Christianity 37(4): 424-436