Open Access Thesis
Human trafficking--Press coverage; Human trafficking--Public opinion; Human trafficking victims--Press coverage; Human trafficking victims--Public opinion;
his study examined the portrayal of victims and offenders of human trafficking in three major newspapers from 2005- 2012. Additionally, this study examined if the age, gender, and legal status effected the portrayal of victims and offenders in the newspapers. Also included is an examination of groups of claims-makers and whether different groups portrayed victims and offenders same or differently. Utilizing a quantitative and qualitative content analysis to analyze the newspapers’ framing of victims and offenders, this research compared the portrayal of its groups. The findings indicated that claims-makers socially construct victims and offenders in ways that may not reflect the true situation. Given such misrepresentation it is imperative that readers and policy makers pay attention to whether or not the claims-makers are expertise in human trafficking.
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
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2014 - Brittany Leigh Virkus
Virkus, Brittany Leigh, "Human trafficking and the media: Comparing newspapers' portrayal of victims and offenders" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 78.