The Case Of The Criminal Justice System

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Statement of the Problem
Generally, prostitutes are arrested for soliciting sexual endeavors for a financial benefit. Society perceives sex trafficking victims as prostitutes and believes that the victim makes a conscious choice to prostitute. Victims go to jail or prison, and then are often released back into society with no help, protection, or formal education. These factors may increase the chance that the victim will not only reoffend, but also continued to be sexually exploited, raped, infected, beaten, or both mentally and physically abused (Rand, 2009).
Perhaps, the criminal justice system’s inability to differentiate between victims and criminal offenders has propagated the idea that specialty courts should be established to
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Yet, despite the country’s overall proficient law enforcement system, juvenile justice system, and child welfare system, these agencies fail to adequately report sex trafficking victims. Therefore, gathering precise data on the subject matter is insufficient to help further develop programs to deal with sex trafficking victims (Rand, 2009).
Certainly, the judicial process further preserves the sex trafficking cycle. Inadequate public defenders encourage victims to plead guilty to prostitution charges. Subsequently, victims do not receive the proper services for their specific needs. Instead, victims go to a jail facility only to build the lack of trust toward law enforcement. Correspondingly, victims do not cooperate with the legal system and continue to protect their trafficker. Victims are afraid of both consequences; jail and punishment from their trafficker. More simply put, the legal system validates the negative viewpoints the trafficker sermonizes, furthering the trafficker’s reputation and victim’s respect for the trafficker. The trafficker’s ability to instill fear into a victim will distort the victim’s view that law enforcement can protect them. Additionally, traffickers use drugs and other methods to ensure a victim is not effective as a witness (Reid, 2010).
Unbeknownst to the victim, the victim develops a sense of loyalty
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