The Nuances of Sex Trafficking with Chitra Raghavan

May 26, 2021

Who is sex trafficked, how it is done, and how common it really is often misunderstood by many people.  Dr. Chitra Raghavan joins preventionist Deb Bonner to discuss the nuances of the reality of sex trafficking. Dr. Raghavan is a tenured professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Director of the Forensic Mental Health Counseling Program, and the Coordinator for the Victimology Studies in Forensic Psychology. She is also a clinical psychologist in New York City specializing in assessment of sex trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual violence. She has published numerous articles including 2015’s Trauma-coerced Bonding and Victims of Sex Trafficking: Where do we go from here? International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience.


Topics covered include:

  • What exactly is sex trafficking
  • What populations are most at risk for being trafficked and how we can mitigate those risks
  • How does trauma coerced bonding work between the victim and the trafficker
  • What social norms surround sex trafficking and how do we change them
  • How does pornography impact the sex trafficking trade
  • What type of data do we need to collect to better understand the issue and who should be collecting it
  • Should the hospitality industry be more involved in the prevention of sex trafficking




Dr Chitra Raghavan (John Jay College Faculty Page)