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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Criminal Justice: M.S.


Criminal Justice


School of Public Affairs

First Advisor

Mary Clifford

Second Advisor

Dick Andzenge

Third Advisor

Geoffrey Tabakin

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Creative Commons License
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The purpose of this research is to understand the nature and scope of sex work in Sri Lanka, and the circumstances under which women are being trafficked to become sex workers. Sex work is a booming industry in present day Sri Lanka. Even though the term trafficking is new to the general dialogue of Sri Lanka, the country has a history of sex work. This research attempts to bring a definition of what sex trafficking is for Sri Lanka rather than relying on the definitions created by the western academia. Thus, the research looks into the current condition of sex work, how women are being trafficked for sex work and how norms like patriarchy work toward favoring the oppression of women in Sri Lanka. Even though Sri Lanka has not been highly affected by HIV/AIDS, there have been incidents where victims of HIV carriers have been found. Sex work is in the forefront of one of the primary mode of transmitting the virus. Therefore, this research conducts a dialogue on sex work, trafficking, and social conditions it generates in the society in Sri Lanka.