Human Trafficking: An Analysis of U.S. Soldier’s knowledge and perception on the Army’s Combatting Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Training

Authors: Lily McDonough*, U.S. Military Academy
Topics: Human Rights, Military Geography, Quantitative Methods
Keywords: Human trafficking, Slavery, U.S. soldiers, U.S. military, Army training, military geography
Session Type: Poster
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Human trafficking has been acknowledged as a worldwide and growing problem. Despite efforts by law enforcement to stop these crimes, research indicates that one of the best ways to address this issue is for everyday people to be knowledgeable consumers and to be able to recognize human trafficking signs to advocate for and protect victims properly. Several studies on criminology students, medical students, and health professionals have addressed human trafficking knowledge and perceptions, as individuals in these professions are likely to encounter people who have been victims of human trafficking. Research also indicates that U.S service members are also likely to encounter such victims and are required to conduct annual awareness training in Combatting Trafficking in Persons (CTIP). However, U.S. Army soldier’s knowledge and perceptions of this crime and the effectiveness of the Army’s training has not been conducted. This research is focused on understanding U.S. Army soldiers’ knowledge and perceptions about human trafficking and evaluating the effectiveness of the current human trafficking awareness training. An anonymous, online questionnaire was designed, piloted and administered to U.S. Army soldiers to assess their level of knowledge of human trafficking and their attitudes towards the effectiveness of the required online training. The results from the study will help gauge whether it would be appropriate to propose new training on human trafficking tailored towards two main population groups within the military: officers and enlisted soldiers.

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