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Sex Trafficking, Sex Workers, and the Law: Introduction

This guide is for Northeastern University law students researching issues related to sex trafficking, sex workers, and the law.

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Research Tips

Before starting your research:

  • Clarify what it is you are researching and why. Ask questions.
  • Try to spot the important issues
  • Identify your jurisdiction
  • Brainstorm some keywords to use as search terms
  • Make a research plan: where will you look, and why?

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This guide is specifically targeted to 1Ls researching sex trafficking, sex workers, and the law.  Of particular use is the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, 132 Stat. 1253 (2017), also known as FOSTA.

How to Use This Guide

This guide is intended to introduce you to some of the key resources available at the Northeastern University School of Law for researching sex trafficking, sex workers, and the law.

Here are some suggestions:

The materials mentioned in this guide -- except where classified as Reference, Reserve, or Database -- are most often found in the KF9000 and HQ100-200 call number ranges on the 4th Floor of the Law Library.

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Info Desk - 3rd floor Knowles
(617) 373-3332

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Reference Librarians are available to help you with your research questions.

3rd Floor Law Library at Info Desk

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Tel: (617) 373-3332