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Nichols’ New Book Explores Sex Trafficking in the United States

September 01, 2016

Andrea Nichols  
Andrea Nichols

Andrea J. Nichols, Ph.D., professor of sociology at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, has written a new book that explores sex-trafficking and related theories, research, policies and practice from multiple perspectives, including neoliberal, abolitionist, feminist, criminological and sociological perspectives.

In the book, “Sex Trafficking in the United States,” Nichols examines competing views of the relationship between pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking, as well as the contribution of weak social institutions and social safety nets to increased risk of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

Sex trafficking is the illegal business of recruiting, harboring, transporting, obtaining, or providing a person and especially a minor for the purpose of sex. Nichols also offers recommendations for individual action, prevention, practice and policy, as well as suggestions for cultural and societal change.

Sex Trafficking in the United States  

"This is an important issue affecting people across the United States, including in St. Louis,” Nichols said. “With this book, I'd like to increase understandings of and improve responses to sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. In the book, I particularly highlight the role of weak social institutions, weak social safety nets, and identity-based oppression in facilitating sex trafficking vulnerability."

While particularly emphasizing the United States, Nichols also examines the global dynamics of sex trafficking, in detailing the theoretical and political debates that are present internationally. The book also looks at outcomes of various models of prostitution policy around the globe, highlighting anti-trafficking organizations operating both internationally and nationally.

Nichols, who has been with the college for 13 years, is a Carnegie Award winner as well as lecturer and anti-trafficking initiative coordinator at Washington University. 

“Sex Trafficking in the United States” can be purchased from the publisher using the promo code “NICHOLS” or on Amazon.com.