Male Offenders of Domestic Sex Trafficking: A Multi-Case Study

Proceedings of ‏The 3rd International Conference on Future of Social Sciences

Year: 2021


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Male Offenders of Domestic Sex Trafficking: A Multi-Case Study

Bekken, F.F., Simons, E.I., Van Rij, J. & Noteboom, F



While ample studies have focused on victims of sex trafficking or on the modus operandi of traffickers, a knowledge gap exists where sex traffickers are concerned. Studies that investigated sex traffickers, mostly made no distinction between domestic and cross-border traffickers and made no distinction based on gender. However, differences between traffickers of several forms of trafficking and gender appear in the literature. The aim of this multi-case study was to investigate the background of domestic male sex traffickers of female juvenile and adolescent victims, so as to be able to provide a detailed description of this group. For that purpose, 25 police files of convicted traffickers were analyzed and several themes regarding demographics, socioeconomic status, psychosocial background and criminal carrier were described. When traffickers operated in networks, the size, structure and composition of the networks are described. In the discussion, the results of the study are compared to earlier studies, and based on a synthesis of the data, a detailed profile of domestic sex traffickers and their networks, as well as suggestions for future research, is provided.

Keywords: Domestic sex trafficking; sexual exploitation; Juvenile and adolescent victims, Criminal Networks.