Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Jennifer Koun Hong Humanities and Social Science

Legal Aspects of Korea-American Human Sex Trafficking

According to the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 4, No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms. Complying with the U.N. mission, both South Korea and United States governments have made many efforts to combat this modern-day slavery both legally and socially through legislative acts and expanded NGO services. However, the rate of sex trafficking, from the time the acts were written to the present, has actually increased significantly. This summer, I will be evaluating the legal wordings and the compliance to these acts by both countries. I will be talking to government officials and NGOs about their involvement, the pros and cons of the acts, the future of this issue, and then ultimately, suggest ways in which this issue can be combated more effectively and efficiently.

Message To Sponsor

Through this amazing opportunity, not only will I be widening my perspective on this issue, but I will also be paving a way to pursue a future career in fighting against human sex trafficking. I truly believe that this summer fellowship will play an essential role in solidifying all the raw ideas that I have in my head into a coherent and constructive body of knowledge. By the end of this fellowship and my thesis paper, I hope I made a significant contribution to helping the tens of thousands of women being oppressed today, by adding to the research base for others who share the same passion that I have.
Major: Legal Studies
Mentor: David Cohen, Rhetoric
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