Posts by Michael Shively

Attempting to Reduce Sex Trafficking and Prostitution by Constraining Online Facilitation

Events occurring early in 2018 suggest that publicly accessible online advertising sites may not be as readily available for use by those seeking to facilitate commercial sex, and consequently, by law enforcement agencies that use them to conduct internet-based reverse stings.  In February and March 2018, a federal bill entitled “Allow States and Victims to Fight […]

Demand and Sex Trafficking in the Dakotas

Since the discovery of approximately 24 billion barrels of untapped oil reserves in the Williston Basin in 2006, the communities of northwestern North Dakota have observed dramatic changes. Most notably, public law enforcement officials and victim service providers have reported a dramatic spike in service requests, as thousands of people from across the country migrate to the region in search of […]