The objective of this research is to examine the effectiveness of the effectiveness of the decriminalization of prostitution on rates of sex trafficking. A systematic review of studies conducted to assess the impact of this policy on stated outcomes indicates that the policy is an ineffective means of reducing rates of sex trafficking. In addition, decriminalization has created unintended consequences in the criminal justice field that have led to a black market for sex trafficking.
Van Dyke, Madison, "The Effectiveness of the Decriminalization of Prostitution on Rates of Sex Trafficking." (2021). Spring Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry. 172.