Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Degree Program

School of Criminal Justice


This study reviews the U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report. Specifically, the purpose of the current study is to utilize data, consistent with anomic theory, in order to assess the validity of the tier plaeement system utilized by the Trafficking in Person’s Report. In order to develop a baseline of information, a review of the literature available on human trafficking was conducted. Subsequently, through the employment of various statistical analyses (i.e. ANOVA, logistic regression), an examination of the Trafficking in Person’s Report was conducted in order to assess the validity of the tier placement system in accordance with Institutional Anomie Theory. This study provides significant insights into the subject of human trafficking. In addition to adding to the body of knowledge, the current study analyzes current trafficking policies and practices used to identify and evaluate anti-trafficking efforts (i.e. the Trafficking in Persons Report) and may generate insights into future research agendas.


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