Ms Alexandra Baxter

Casual Academic

College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Alexandra is a PhD candidate in the College of Business, Government & Law. Her research examines women holding offender roles in cases related to trafficking in persons (TIP) for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. Her research focuses on those offenders with histories of victimisation, some of which was profoundly related to their offending behaviour. In particular, her research examines the judicial responses to this victimisation during sentencing and the way the court constructs narratives about these women.

Alexandra was consulted as an expert by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and her research is being used to improve the international understanding of, and reposnses to, female victim-offenders in TIP.

Alexandra is interested in all forms of TIP and modern slavery, sex work, terrorism and other transnational crimes.

Alexandra is currently part of the @stopmodernslaverySA campaign to raise awareness about the various forms of modern slavery occuring in rural and metropolitan South Australia with the primary aim of establishing a joint governmental committee to investigate these occurences.


Bachelor of Justice and Society, Flinders University, 2014

Bachelor of Arts (Criminology Honours)(First Class), Flinders University, 2015

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Law/Criminology, Flinders University, ongoing

Honours, awards and grants

First Class Criminology Honours, in 2015

Dean’s Certificate for the School of Law’s Top Student for a Criminal Justice Honours Thesis, in 2015

Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation for outstanding performance during an Honour’s year, in 2016

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship for three years, in 2016

Awarded $3,000 HDR Project Funding, in 2017

Graduate Women SA Centenary Scholarship, in 2019

Key responsibilities

Alexandra is an experienced tutor in Criminology and has been a guest lecturer on occasion.

Alexandra designed, and runs regularly, a Criminology workshop incorporating different aspects of the Bachelor of Criminology. The workshop is designed to give prospective students an idea of what the Bachelor of Criminology at Flinders University looks like, while aiming to inspire and motivate students to come and study Criminology at Flinders University.

Teaching interests


Transnational Crimes (Human trafficking)

Modern Slavery

Sex Work

Human Rights

Legal Studies

  • Criminology
  • Human trafficking
  • Modern slavery
  • Sexual exploitation
Further information

Interviewed by Christiane Barro of The New Daily about modern slavery during the COVID19 pandemic - Trapped and scared: Modern slavery worsens during coronavirus pandemic

Intervewied by Matt Dennien of the Brisbane Times about debt bondage - Police charge two over alleged role in people-smuggling plan

Study finds half of human traffickers are women, and many have been victims, Gabriella Marchant 2019, ABC News.

Alexandra was invited to sit on two advisory panels: The Adelaide Zero Project – working to end homelessness in South Australia (2018) and the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Correctional Services panel for 'Better Sentencing Options' (2015).

Featured by Flinders University, in 2017, Alexandra was one of six students profiled in an online campaign centered on the notion of Being Brave and different ways of thinking about research. Link to profile

From cyber crime to fighting human trafficking, Grant Smyth 2015, Flinders University, Encounter & InDaily.

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