9 – Learn the “PUSH” Factors in Human Trafficking

Learn the “push” factors in human trafficking and which ones we can influence. Sandra Morgan, the Director of the Global Center for Women and Justice and Dave Stachowiak, one of the Center’s board members, discuss the “push” factors and why they are important for us to know in order to end human trafficking. Prevention models understand how someone becomes too easily accessible to become a supply chain, which is linked to the Law of Supply and Demand.

Key Points

  • Push factors are the supply side to the demand/supply equation.
  • Victim Centered Model: A term that has developed from the way law enforcement would approach a crime scene by looking at it with the idea to protect and extend dignity towards victims.
  • Primary factors that increases vulnerability to be a push factor such as gender, age, ethnic minority, abuse and disabilities.
  • Secondary factors linked to move people from being more vulnerable to less vulnerable by looking at symptoms such as poverty, education, employment and documentation.


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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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