14 – Cause and Effect in Human Trafficking

Understanding the cause and effect in human trafficking is key when working to end it. Sandra Morgan, the Director of the Global Center for Women & Justice and Dave Stachowiak, one of the Center’s board members, discuss how to look at human trafficking through the lenses of cause and effect to get to the real roots of the problem.

Key Points

  • Explore the causes and effects of the problem to develop mechanism solutions.
  • We often see the branches of human trafficking, the evidence that there is a problem.
  • Branches include: increase in crime rates, cycle of poverty, teen pregnancies, coercive threats and social systems.
  • Roots of the problem include: lack of resources, foster care systems, greed, media hyper sexualization of children, addiction, substance abuse, and child neglect.
  • To explore the causes and effects of human trafficking, you must look at it as a whole, not just piece by piece.
  • The perspective of productivity.


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Sandie Morgan

Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking.

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