"All the Flowers May Die, But the Thistles Will Live": Sex Trafficking Through the Eyes of a Police Officer-Researcher
Robert Chrismas, Ph.D is a career public servant, in his 30th year of policing. He is currently a Staff Sergeant and Division Commander with the Winnipeg Police Service, Canada. He completed his Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Arthur V. Mauro Center for Peace and Justice, University of Manitoba, in 2017. The research for this paper was extracted from his thesis, which was awarded the University of Manitoba Distinguished Dissertation Award. Chrismas is widely published on justice related issues. See more of his work at: https://bchrismas.com.
This article is a description of the research I conducted on the sex industry in Manitoba, Canada, from 2016-2017. I interviewed 61 people, of which six were political leaders, 23 were social workers, 24 were police officers, and eight were sex industry survivors. About half of the practitioners I interviewed are also sex industry survivors. As a veteran police officer with 35 years of law enforcement experience, my research journey was unique from conducting the interviews to reporting my findings. These are some of my experiences and the lessons I learned about gathering and sharing the stories of sex industry survivors while serving as a police officer.
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Chrismas, Robert (2019) ""All the Flowers May Die, But the Thistles Will Live": Sex Trafficking Through the Eyes of a Police Officer-Researcher," Dignity: A Journal of Analysis of Exploitation and Violence: Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 7. https://doi.org/10.23860/dignity.2019.04.01.07
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