Human Trafficking in Hawai‘i: Special challenges in rural areas

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The Community Psychologist


Over the past decade human trafficking has been gaining public attention and spurring local, state, and federal government responses. As a community psychology graduate student at the University of Hawai`i, I decided that a contextually-grounded exploration of human trafficking in Hawai`i would be important for understanding how to better address the issue in a specific place and time. The State of Hawai`i is an ideal place to explore issues of human trafficking as it has had several high profile trafficking cases in recent years (Lin, 2011; Mori, 2012) and previously had established an anti-human trafficking coalition with members located primarily in the metropolitan center of Honolulu.


Acknowledgements – Funding provided by University of Hawai`i Department of Psychology Gartley Award