SJ Quinney College of Law, University of Utah


The crime of human trafficking has received much political and mediaattention in recent years. Lawmakers and actors within the criminal justice system have yet to fully grasp the challenges human trafficking victims face in securing the rights, benefits, services, and protections reserved for this group. One of the qualities of the American criminal justice system is its ability to adapt to new challenges. Law and policy makers must understand whether and why human trafficking victims differ from victims of traditional crime and how entitlements for both groups overlap, yet differ. Without pondering the distinctions, trafficking victims will continue to find entitlements unobtainable.