Abortion and sex trafficking

Studies and quotes on abortion and sex trafficking:

“Of 67 trafficked women who responded to a question concerning abortion experience, 29.9% reported having multiple abortions.”

L Lederer & C Wetzel “The health consequences of sex trafficking and their implications for identifying victims in health care facilities” Annals of Health Law  23 (1) 2014

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“While only 34 respondents [among a survey of sex trafficked women] answered the question whether their abortions were of their own volition, more than half (18) of the group indicated that one or more of their abortions was at least partly forced upon them. Some women are forced to abort during late pregnancy and to resume sex work only days later.”

M Getu “Human trafficking and development: The role of microfinance” Transformation 23(3) 2006 p 73

In a study of sex trafficking victims:

“Despite their abusive situations …87.8% had contact with a healthcare provider while they were being trafficked….Survivors had significant contact with clinical treatment facilities, most commonly Planned Parenthood clinics, which more than a quarter of survivors (29.6%) visited. More than half (57.1%) of respondents had received treatment at some type of clinic (urgent care, women’s health, neighborhood or Planned Parenthood.)”

L Lederer & C Wetzel “The health consequences of sex trafficking and their implications for identifying victims in health care facilities” Annals of Health Law  23(1) 2014

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Direct quote from the book:

“According to a sex trafficking expert in Wichita, Kansas in the United States, pregnant women are in demand due to consumer fetishes. As a result, they carry their pregnancies nearly to term and are then forced to abort….Another expert in human trafficking confirmed this claim that forced abortion is directly related to pregnancy fetishes.”

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Stephen Wagner, former director of the Human Trafficking Program at the Department of Health and Human Services:

“The mortality rate for someone in commercial sexual exploitation is 40 times higher than for a non-exploited person of the same age. Helping a victim return to exploitation more quickly by terminating a pregnancy increases the odds of death.”

S Wagner “Kathleen Sebelius’ Gruesome Moral Calculus” National Catholic Register 2011

All quotes and citations from on abortion and sex trafficking come from:

Catherine Coyle “Sex Trafficking”  Rachel M. MacNair, editor Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion (Kansas City, MO: Feminism & Nonviolence Studies Association, 2016)

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