Obtaining solid data on sexual exploitation and human trafficking is difficult, but it’s by no means impossible.
Statistics and data from research studies contextualize the testimony of survivors of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). We who advocate for changes in policy and legislation, for support services and efforts to tackle the root causes of CSE need good data. Unfortunately, good data around this issue can be difficult to come by. Katie Feifer – Research Director at The Voices and Faces Project – recently spearheaded a project to assess the body of U.S.-based research on sex trafficking and exploitation. The resulting report, “Get the Facts: What we know about sex trafficking, prostitution and sexual exploitation in the U.S., “is publicly available.
The report supplies the “what:” what data can be cited confidently in our advocacy and communications efforts. In her presentation “Just the facts: Identifying and appropriately using solid data,” Katie will focus on the “why” and the “how:” why it’s important to use good data and how to use it for maximum effectiveness; how to talk about data appropriately; how to spot bad data, and how to address the problems that arise when others use bad data to advocate for policy changes.