16 – Gangs and Human Trafficking

We are just beginning to recognize the link between gang activity and human trafficking crimes. Sandra Morgan, the Director of the Global Center for Women & Justice and Dave Stachowiak, one of the Center’s board members, interview Dr. Laura Lederer from Global Centurion on her work to better understand the connection between gangs and trafficking.

Key Points

  • Dr. Laura Lederer founded and directing The Protection Project.
  • Those who were trafficking young women and children are usually involved in street gangs.
  • There is a triangle of activity: Supply, demand and distribution.
  • Demand side: Who are the buyers, what motivates them to buy, learn more about demand.


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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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