Perspectives of women in prostitution diversion program on DNA collection for a high-risk DNA database

Sara H. Katsanis, Martha Felini, Joyce Kim, Mollie Minear, Subhashini Chandrasekharan, Jennifer K. Wagner

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Abstract

DNA can be collected from women at high risk of violent crime as a pre-emptive biometric for post-mortem identification. We conducted focus groups with women in a prostitution diversion program that offers preemptive DNA collection. In general, the women supported the program but voiced concern for law enforcement collecting DNA. These data provide insights into the challenges of collecting DNA from women whom law enforcement might consider alternately to be victims or vilified. Hearing the voices of these women provides the forensic community an opportunity to design programs to minimize harm and maximize utility of DNA for victim identification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-128
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • DNA database
  • Focus groups
  • Human trafficking
  • Sex trafficking
  • Sex workers

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