Connecting the Dots of an Opaque Crime: Analyzing the Information-Sharing Framework and Practices of California's Human-Trafficking Task Forces [open pdf - 2MB]
From the thesis Abstract: "This thesis explores existing frameworks and common challenges with information sharing among California's anti-human trafficking specialty units. This research aimed to contextualize current gaps and barriers in the collection and dissemination process of sensitive and confidential human-trafficking information. The research identified social, economic, and human interpersonal factors affecting group work and illustrated how a nuanced application of the social identity analytical method might decrease interpersonal misunderstandings and miscommunications, thus increasing the volume and quantity of anti-trafficking information sharing. The findings of this research indicate that when anti-trafficking specialty units do not work together seamlessly, they foster programmatic and societal shadows that traffickers rely on to exploit their victims. Gaining an in-depth perspective on working group members' social identities will increase trust within the groups, thereby promoting cooperation, coordination, and collaboration. Elevating all forms of group work is likely to spur analytical insights into the evolving tactics, techniques, and procedures of the threat actors, not to mention identify previously unrecognized victims while building more successful prosecutions."
Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library: https://calhoun.nps.edu/