International Journal of Coercion, Abuse, and Manipulation (IJCAM) 

Vo. 5, (2023). Published March 26, 2023

DOI: 10.54208/1000/0005/002 

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Human Trafficking, Cults, & Coercion: The Use of Drugs as a Tool

Robin Boyle-Laisure


Thanks to the successful prosecution of sex traffickers, the definition and proof of “coercion” now encompasses evidence showing the use of addictive drugs as a tool. This article describes two case examples, and in both, the perpetrators supplied abundant amounts of addictive substantives. Once those victims became addicted and feared the pain of withdrawal, the sex traffickers forced the victims to perform commercial sex acts to pay off the drug debt they incurred, feeding the addiction the traffickers caused. Coercion by way of intentional drug addiction and control is a theory that expands the operative word “coercion.” This short article summarizes key points of my presentation at the Annual International Conference for the International Cultic Studies Association held in June 2022.