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Sex Trafficking and Violence against Women

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

Guest Editor:

Dr. Sarbinaz Bekmuratova
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Creighton University, USA


While sex trafficking and violence against women (VAW) are recognized as public health and human rights issues across the world, the nature and context of these problems vary by regions of the world. There is limited research on sex trafficking due to the hidden nature of the topic and the impact of particularly macro-level factors on VAW.

The main objective of this special issue is to assemble a coherent set of scholarly work on the impact of macro-level factors on sex trafficking and VAW that have a potential to move the understanding of these issues forward theoretically, empirically, and practically.

Aims and Scope

This special issue aims to make contribution to the current body of knowledge on the impact of macro-level factors on sex trafficking and VAW taking place in different geographies, political and economic environment, and various social and cultural contexts. For the purposes of this special issue, VAW will be defined as any violence against women and girls including intimate partner violence, domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, child abuse and others. The macro-level factors may include but not limited to health care sector response, societal economic and social factors, cultural practices, societal views and perceptions, and state policies. The papers will draw on current research, practice and policies focused on sex trafficking and violence against women or the intersections of these issues. We welcome contributions from a wide variety of disciplines such as public health, sociology, human rights, political science, medicine, anthropology, and others.

Particularly, we are seeking empirical, practical and policy analysis submissions focusing on the following themes:

Note: The list of the themes is indicative and not exhaustive. Submissions on other themes under the main topic are welcome.

  • The role of health care system in sex trafficking through prevention and response
  • Innovative and promising interventions addressing short term and long term care needs of sex trafficking survivors
  • Case studies on community reintegration for sex trafficking survivors
  • Advancement of strategies in health care system to record, identify and respond to violence against women
  • Analysis of state policies related to sex trafficking and violence against women
  • The association between women’s status and sex trafficking and violence against women
  • The impact of socioeconomic and political environment on sex trafficking and violence against women
  • Cultural and societal barriers to prevent sex trafficking and violence against women
  • The impact of human rights activism on prevention and response to sex trafficking and violence against women


Submission deadline: July 31, 2019
Papers reviewed: Fall 2019
Revised papers reviewed and accepted: November 1, 2019
Final versions of accepted papers delivered: December 1, 2019
Anticipated publication: February 2020

Further guidance on submission:

All submissions to the International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare should be through ScholarOne Manuscripts.
Registration and access are available at:

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see:

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

The Guest Editor will conduct an initial screening of submitted papers. Those judged suitable for the special issue will be sent to at least two independent referees for double blind peer review, after which submissions may be recommended for revisions and further review, acceptance or rejection.

Interested authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue “Sex Trafficking and Violence against Women” at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to “Please select the issue you are submitting to”.