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Alexandra Baxter

PhD Candidate in Law/Criminology, researching human trafficking and modern slavery in Australia, Flinders University

Alexandra has completed a Bachelor of Justice and Society and Bachelor of Arts (Criminology First Class Honours) from Flinders University. She is currently in her final year of undertaking a PhD in Law/Criminology also at Flinders University.

Alexandra's research explores human trafficking and modern slavery in Australia with a focus on the victim-offender cycle, sex trafficking, sexual exploitation and forced marriage. A large focus of her research is on women victims of human trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation who have been charged as the offender and how this victimisation is acknowledged, understood and constructed by judges within the Australian criminal justice system.

Her research has been used by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Alexandra has been consulted as an expert on women victims who are charged as the offender.

Alexandra is a tutor and occasional lecturer in criminology at Flinders University. Alexandra also designed a criminology workshop to engage prospective criminology students by helping them step into the shoes of a criminologist, critically analysing pieces of evidence and the associated narrative, which ran for 4 years.


  • 2019–present
    Guest lecturer , Flinders University
  • 2018–present
    Research assistant, Flinders University
  • 2016–present
    Casual Academic (tutor), Flinders University
  • 2017–present
    Criminology Workshop Facilitator , Flinders University


  • 2021 
    Flinders University , Doctor of Philosophy (Law/Criminology)
  • 2015 
    Flinders University , Bachelor of Arts (Criminology Honours) (First Class)
  • 2014 
    Flinders University , Bachelor of Justice and Society


  • 2019
    Journal of Human Trafficking , When the Line between Victimization and Criminalization Blurs: The Victim-Offender Overlap Observed in Female Offenders in Cases of Trafficking in Persons for Sexual Exploitation in Australia, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 327-338

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH)
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC)