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Perspectives of Women in Prostitution diversion program on DNA Collection for a High-Risk DNA Database

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

Jaishankar, K

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 pre-emptive 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.          

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