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Charles E. Hounmenou, PhD

Assistant Professor


Building & Room:

4404 ETMSW

Office Phone:

(312) 996-0035


Hounmenou has an extensive experience of teaching and counseling youth at high school. He is also experienced in program management.

Professional Interests:

Human trafficking
Commercial sexual exploitation of children
Human rights of detainees and immigrants

Teaching Experience:

SocW 410 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
SocW 420 Social Welfare Policy and Services

Selected Publications

Hounmenou, C. (2019). A Statewide coalition’s input in human trafficking
policy implementation: Member organizations’ involvement and perceptions. Journal of Human Trafficking. DOI: 10.1080/23322705.2019.1621585

Hounmenou, C., & O’Grady, C. (2019). A review and critique of the U.S. policy responses to commercial sexual exploitation of children. Children and Youth Services Review. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.01.005.

Hounmenou, C. (2018). Engaging anti-human trafficking stakeholders in the research process. Journal of Human Trafficking. DOI: 10.1080/23322705.2018.1512284

Hounmenou, C. (2017). Policy Response and Service Provision to Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation in the West African Region. Journal of Human Trafficking. DOI: 10.1080/23322705.2017.1356625

Hounmenou, C., & Her, W. (2017). Distinctiveness in the commercial sexual exploitation of children in sub-Saharan Africa: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Human Trafficking, 1-29. DOI: 10.1080/23322705.2017.1365567

Hounmenou, C. (2017). Policy response and service provision to child victims of commercial sexual exploitation in the West African region. Journal of Human Trafficking, 1-26. DOI: 10.1080/23322705.2017.1356625

Hounmenou, C. (2017). An initial exploration of prostitution of boys in the West African region. Child Abuse & Neglect, 69, 188–200. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.04.027

Hounmenou, C. (2016). Issues of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Violence among Children in Prostitution in West Africa. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 33(6). doi: 10.1007/s10560-016-0475-z

Hounmenou, C. (2016). Exploring child prostitution in a major city in the West African region. Child Abuse & Neglect, 59, 26–35. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.07.003

Hounmenou. C. (2016). Book Review [Theorising the Practice of Community Development: A South African Perspective] by Peter Westoby. Journal of Community Practice, 24(1), 112-115, doi: 10.1080/10705422.2016.1129236

Hounmenou, C. (2014). Etude sur la prostitution des mineurs et ses liens avec la migration et la traite à Djougou et à Malanville au Benin. 176 pages. ECPAT France & ECPAT Luxembourg.

Hounmenou, C. & Bonkoungou, Z. (2014). Etude sur la prostitution des mineurs et ses liens avec la migration et la traite à Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso. 158 pages. ECPAT France & ECPAT Luxembourg.

Hounmenou, C. & Maina, A. (2014). Etude sur la prostitution des mineurs et ses liens avec la migration et la traite à Niamey au Niger. 158 pages. ECPAT France & ECPAT Luxembourg.

Hounmenou, C. (2012). Black settlement houses and oppositional consciousness. Journal of Black Studies, 43(6), 646-666. doi: 10.1177/0021934712441203

Hounmenou, C. (2012). Human services professionals’ awareness of human trafficking. Journal of Policy Practice, 11(3), 06. doi: 10.1080/15588742.2012.655208

Hounmenou, C. (2012). Monitoring human rights of persons in police lockups: potential role of community-based organizations. Journal of Community Practice, 20(3), 274 – 292. doi: 10.1080/10705422.2012.700279

Hounmenou, C. (2011). Book Review [Striving to save: Creating policies for financial security of low-income families, by Sherraden, M. S., & McBride, A. M., with Beverly, S. G.]. Journal of Community Practice, 19(2), 193-195. doi: 10.1080/10705422.2011.569277

Books and Book Chapters
Hounmenou, C. (2019). Chapter 18: Commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children in the West African Region. Pp 360-382. In J. Bryson Clark & S. Poucki (Eds.), Handbook of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. SAGE Publications Ltd.

Editorial Reviews

Guest Reviewer:
International Social Work
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services
Journal of Community Practice
Journal of Black Studies
Journal of Human Trafficking
Social Science Quarterly
Violence and Victims


MA, Benin National University
MEd, Benin National University
MSW, Washington University in St. Louis
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Memberships

Global Fulbright Alumni Network
National Association of Social Workers
International Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants
Council on Social Work Education
Society for Social Work and Research
ECPAT International (France and Luxembourg)

Research Currently in Progress

Characteristics and needs assessment of child victims of commercial sexual exploitation
Housing support and stabilization of survivors of human trafficking