Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Alan Lipps

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Tom Winter

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Rhonda Florence


The purpose of this thesis is to understand how the perception of agencies that may interact with human trafficking affects protocols and procedures that are put in place. To answer this question, a qualitative study was conducted. I interviewed nine respondents who worked for five different agencies ranging from child services to the DA’s office. Respondents’ perception of human trafficking victims was in line with the literature. However, there appear to be specific gaps in Abilene when it comes to detecting and providing housing for victims of human trafficking.

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