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Riding Shotgun in the Fight Against Human Trafficking 

Lisa Mercer 

University of North Texas

Keywords: Qualitative Design, Inclusive Design, Activity Theory, Human Centred Design


The 3.5 million truck drivers on U.S. highways are in a unique position to identify incidents of human trafficking and to help victims by providing information to authorities. Studies show that truck stops in the United States are a common venue for sex trafficking due to their remote locations and lax security. This research project asks: How can a specifically designed technologically-based communication enable truck drivers to report incidents at a higher rate than is now being reported? 

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Cite this paper: Mercer, L. (2016). Riding Shotgun in the Fight Against Human Trafficking . Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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