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First Advisor

Dr. Bethany Hicks

Second Advisor

Dr. Ray Franklin

Third Advisor

Dr. Bryan McKinney


Slavery is considered to be a mark in the United States’ history, a point of the past. Well, slavery never truly ended, it just changed faces. The notion of slavery is “that one person’s life, liberty, and fortune can be under the absolute control of another, and be sold, bought, or used at the will of the owner.”1 This notion can be used to describe the problem of sex trafficking. Conferences such as Passion and North Star, a conference that is hosted by International Justice Mission (IJM), have moved sex trafficking from the dark to the spotlight. Organizations such as IJM, Polaris Project, Shared Hope International, and others have become frontline fighters in this war against modern slavery. The purpose of this thesis is not only to raise awareness concerning the truths about sex trafficking but to illustrate the domestic nature of the problem and the attempts to combat it.