National Association of Attorneys General
Aequitas Resources and Research for Prosecutors
The mission of Aequitas is to improve the quality of justice in sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and human trafficking cases by developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices that increase victim safety and offender accountability. The complex and unique dynamics of these crimes against women demand a nuanced response by prosecutors and a broader concept of what constitutes justice in these cases. In addition to offender accountability, the best possible outcomes must include consideration of the victim's history, experience, and perspective; the impact of the criminal justice process on the victim, and, where relevant, the victim's children and family; and the impact on the victim's workplace and community.
Victims of human trafficking face numerous obstacles to justice, among them the re-victimization they may experience when participating in the criminal justice process
Human trafficking is a lucrative business that is extremely difficult to identify, investigate, and prosecute. Globally, trafficking activity nets over $32 billion in profits annually
No Victim? Don't Give Up: Creative Strategies in Prosecuting Human Trafficking Cases Using Forfeiture by Wrongdoing and Other Evidence-Based Techniques
The challenges presented in the course of investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases can be daunting.
Almost all sexually exploited women, whether they are trafficking victims or otherwise involved in prostitution, experience some degree of violence, regardless of the venue or type of prostitution activity in which they are connected.