Consider the Culture

Culture is the way individuals learn to interpret, give meaning to, and function in the world based on the shared values, beliefs, history, traditions, standards, language, behavioral norms, and communication styles of the communities with which they identify. Culture can have an enormous, though often unacknowledged, influence on the success of criminal investigations and social service interventions for survivors of trafficking. Perceptions of law enforcement, beliefs about fate and destiny, communication differences, stereotypes of the “other,” differing concepts of power and authority, of time, and of gender roles all sway our interpretations of reality and, therefore, the choices we make.

Case Study from the United States: Lock Me Up
Case Study from South East Asia: My Next Life
Considerations before Identification