"All the Flowers May Die, But the Thistles Will Live": Sex Trafficking Through the Eyes of a Police Officer-Researcher

Robert Chrismas
2019 Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence  
This article is a description of the research I conducted on the sex industry in Manitoba, Canada, from 2016-2017. I interviewed 61 people, of which six were political leaders, 23 were social workers, 24 were police officers, and eight were sex industry survivors. About half of the practitioners I interviewed are also sex industry survivors. As a veteran police officer with 35 years of law enforcement experience, my research journey was unique from conducting the interviews to reporting my
more » ... o reporting my findings. These are some of my experiences and the lessons I learned about gathering and sharing the stories of sex industry survivors while serving as a police officer. ABSTRACT This article is a description of the research I conducted on the sex industry in Manitoba, Canada, from 2016-2017. I interviewed 61 people, of which six were political leaders, 23 were social workers, 24 were police officers, and eight were sex industry survivors. About half of the practitioners I interviewed are also sex industry survivors. As a veteran police officer with 35 years of law enforcement experience, my research journey was unique from conducting the interviews to reporting my findings. These are some of my experiences and the lessons I learned about gathering and sharing the stories of sex industry survivors while serving as a police officer.
doi:10.23860/dignity.2019.04.01.07 fatcat:bzi4aen4gfc23ivfyngi5palvy