North Carolina Law Enforcement And Their Ability To Combat Human Trafficking

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Victoria Hannah Wannall (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Cathy Marcum

Abstract: This study will examine the current methods in place for law enforcement in North Carolina to combat human trafficking and whether it is adequate based on the scope of the crime. In order to understand the true scope of human trafficking in the United States, this study will first analyze the history of human trafficking and its causes by researching literature and other studies present on the topic (Chapter 2). The methodology of the research design will be presented in Chapter 3. By gaining a better understanding of human trafficking and the seriousness of the crime, this study will then compare my literature review and findings from other scholars to interviews with both law enforcement and non- profit organizations, the two main forces that fight human trafficking. It will also review and present the current legislation on human trafficking, both in the United States and North Carolina, to see if the laws in place meet the needs that the literature presents. Chapter 4 will present findings through interviews and analysis of legislation with conclusion of my findings in Chapter 5. By comparing the experiences that law enforcement and non-profit organizations have with human trafficking, their use of the law, and the actual scope of the crime, I expect to find that legislation does not fully cover the needs of victims and that law enforcement are not currently capable of addressing the crime of human trafficking because of the legislation.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Wannall, V. (2016). North Carolina Law Enforcement And Their Ability To Combat Human Trafficking. Unpublished Honors Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2016
Human trafficking, Law enforcement, Crime, North Carolina, United States, Legislation

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