Researching Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Comparatively

  title={Researching Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Comparatively},
  author={Ronald Weitzer},
  journal={Sexuality Research and Social Policy},
  • Ronald Weitzer
  • Published 1 June 2015
  • Psychology
  • Sexuality Research and Social Policy
This article examines different types of comparative research designs as applied to either prostitution or sex trafficking. I first present several comparative approaches that are found to be deeply flawed either because of the problematic assumptions of the analysts or because the data provided are insufficient to support the conclusions drawn. I then review research designs that compare two to four cases in depth and have the potential to yield stronger evidence-based findings and richer… 

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