Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
Sex Trafficking Knowledge Study, 2022

Participants Bill of Rights and Informed Consent
This consent is being sought for research. Participation is voluntary.

Note: This study has been approved by the Human Subjects Committee of Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles.
As a research participant I have the right to be told what the study is trying to find out (how much the general public is aware of and understands about sex trafficking because there is little research available on this topic), what will happen to me (you will answer questions about sex trafficking and your background for 30-45 minutes), of any risks (minimal – no more than watching the news), discomforts (you might be uncomfortable with some of the question content), or benefits (Psychology will learn more about how the general public thinks about and understands sex trafficking, and you will learn more about sex trafficking as well!), and my options (participation is completely voluntary, you may skip any questions, and you may choose to stop at any time). I also have the right to have my questions answered (contact Pam Gist at, to refuse to participate, and to be free from pressure when deciding whether to participate. You have been invited to participate in this study because we are trying to reach a wide variety of people. Once we have 500 responses, we will end the study. It does not cost you anything to participate. Our Psychology Department is paying for the study.
We will not collect identifying information (such as your name), so your answers will remain completely confidential and anonymous. After completion of the study, the data will be made public so that other researchers can evaluate it. If you have questions about your rights as a research participant or wish to address concerns about this research with someone other than the researcher, please reach out to Mount Saint Mary’s University, Human Subjects Committee, 10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, CA 90007 or 213-477-2620.
If you are triggered or upset by any of the material in this research and need to speak with someone:
In the United States:
International resources:

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You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this research. Please indicate below: