Dr. Vanessa Bouché is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University.  Her research and teaching are at the intersection of public policy and political psychology, with a focus on policy diffusion, identity politics, gender and politics, and human trafficking.  Dr. Bouché seeks to connect people and data to advance freedom using cross-disciplinary, cross-methodological approaches that move the needle on complex socio-political problems.

“To the Public, Nothing was Wrong with Me”

"The study aimed to expand the number of victims who can be helped by law enforcement and healthcare professionals by providing more comprehensive data on sex trafficking. Researchers quantified the rate and extent of victimization, traced life cycles of exploitation and suggested new intervention strategies for law enforcers."

Published March 2019

Human Trafficking by the Numbers: The Initial Benchmark of Prevalence and Economic Impact for Texas

"Though human trafficking is widespread in geographically large states with large urban centers like Texas, the true scope of this hidden crime is largely unconfirmed as data on human trafficking are difficult to ascertain. Existing data gathered in anti-trafficking efforts focus almost exclusively on identified victims, shedding light on only a fraction of the problem. The first phase of the Statewide Human Trafficking Mapping Project of Texas focused on providing empirically grounded data as a benchmark about the extent of human trafficking across the state."

Published December 2016

2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

"The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. It represents an updated, global look at the nature and scope of trafficking in persons and the broad range of government actions to confront and eliminate it."

Published June 2017

A Six-Year Analysis Of Sex Traffickers Of Minors

"This report uses data collected through a structured online search that produced a six-year picture of the arrests in the United States of the specific charge of sex traffickers of minors from 2010 to 2015.  The findings from this report include individual and case details including characteristics of the sex traffickers (age, gender, race, professions, and gang involvement), details about how they recruited and victimized their minor victims, and information about their case resolution."

Published April 2017

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2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report

"In 2018, there were 771 total active human trafficking cases in federal courts. Active cases include all cases the government initiated in 2018 or before if at least one defendant still had a pending charge or claim in 2018. Of the total active cases, 73.8% (569) were ongoing from previous years. By the end of 2018, 28.5% (220) of 2018 active cases had concluded, meaning the court resolved all charges or claims against every defendant in those cases. Five of these cases were both initiated and resolved in 2018."

Published April 2019

Survivor Insights: The Role of Technology in Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

"In an effort to strategically inform technology initiatives for combating domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST), Thorn partnered with Dr. Vanessa Bouché at Texas Christian University to survey survivors about their experiences. The survey focused on understanding what role technology played in a victim’s recruitment into, time while in, and exit from DMST."

Published January 2018

Protected Innocence Challenge

"The Protected Innocence Challenge is based on the Protected Innocence Legislative Framework which was informed by research performed by Shared Hope International and compiled in “The National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.” Recognizing that most of the gaps in responding to domestic minor sex trafficking must be addressed at the state level, the Protected Innocence Challenge Legislative Framework sets out the basic policy principles required to create a safer environment for children."

Published December 2017

The Fight Against Domestic Sex Trafficking: Strategic GAP Analysis

"Sex Trafficking has become the issue du jour in America during the past decade. The amount of legislation, coalitions, nonprofits, campus clubs, and documentaries focused on the issue have proliferated. With such an extensive amount of attention, what gaps still exist for donors to address? Excellence in Giving has spent the past year reviewing every study, interviewing sector leaders, and completing brand new research to answer that question."

Published May 2017

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DISCLAIMER- This is by no means a list of all research on sex trafficking.