Paper: A Gender Approach to Sex Trafficking: An Analysis of the Russian Invasion

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Paper authors Elaine Abrams
In panel on Women's Engagement & Protection in Conflict: Examining Displacement, Peacemaking, and Empowerment
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Human trafficking is a crime against humanity and affects men, women, and children, with sexual exploitation being the most widespread form. Despite international efforts, the human trafficking industry remains profitable, indicating a gap between policies, implementation, and practice. The Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022 has greatly affected the sex trafficking business, especially for women fleeing conflict zones. A feminist perspective is needed to address the gender-specific vulnerabilities and power dynamics that contribute to sex trafficking. This paper aims to highlight the necessity of a gender-based lens on sex trafficking and the experiences of women to generate change.