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International News Coverage of Human Trafficking Arrests and Prosecutions: A Content Analytic Study
Unformatted Document Text:  Kelly (2005) outlines additional issues with data collection in regards to the seemingly limited research training displayed by many social scientists who look at human trafficking. Whether or not individuals are receiving limited training, or are merely attempting to work with the limited resources they have, is debatable. Some individuals are taking positive steps towards human trafficking data collection with qualitative techniques in order to build informative databases (Allvazi del Frate, 2003; Andrees, 2005; Blanchet, 2002; Bruckert & Parent, 2002; Busza, 2004; Dottridge, 2002; Human Rights Watch, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003; Petros, 2005; Vocks & Nijboer, 2000). While Andrees (2005) considers the use of media and secondary sources a cause for concern, others (e.g., Dottridge, 2002), see the use of media as a means to gain access to a field of study that is notoriously difficult to infiltrate. Vandenberg (2007) worries that the rise in media coverage regarding human trafficking could create a situation where increased policing is induced in order to combat the trafficking activities. This type of aggressive policing can, in turn, create more havoc for trafficked individuals, rather than limiting the activities of traffickers (Vandenberg, 2007). The nature of the media’s coverage of human trafficking could also negatively affect attempts at understanding the human trafficking act. Whether trafficking cases involving sexual exploitation are prototypical trafficking acts remains undetermined. Additionally, an increased focus on the voice of victims is driving the movement to search for innovative means to circumvent the lack of reliable governmental statistics regards human trafficking (Allvazi del Frate, 8

Authors: Denton, Erin.
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Kelly (2005) outlines additional issues with data collection in regards to the 
seemingly limited research training displayed by many social scientists who look 
at human trafficking.  Whether or not individuals are receiving limited training, or 
are merely attempting to work with the limited resources they have, is debatable. 
Some individuals are taking positive steps towards human trafficking data 
collection with qualitative techniques in order to build informative databases 
(Allvazi del Frate, 2003; Andrees, 2005; Blanchet, 2002; Bruckert & Parent, 
2002; Busza, 2004; Dottridge, 2002; Human Rights Watch, 1995, 2001, 2002, 
2003; Petros, 2005; Vocks & Nijboer, 2000).  While Andrees (2005) considers the 
use of media and secondary sources a cause for concern, others (e.g., Dottridge, 
2002), see the use of media as a means to gain access to a field of study that is 
notoriously difficult to infiltrate.  
 Vandenberg (2007) worries that the rise in media coverage regarding 
human trafficking could create a situation where increased policing is induced in 
order to combat the trafficking activities. This type of aggressive policing can, in 
turn, create more havoc for trafficked individuals, rather than limiting the activities 
of traffickers (Vandenberg, 2007). 
The nature of the media’s coverage of human trafficking could also 
negatively affect attempts at understanding the human trafficking act.  Whether 
trafficking cases involving sexual exploitation are prototypical trafficking acts 
remains undetermined.  Additionally, an increased focus on the voice of victims is 
driving the movement to search for innovative means to circumvent the lack of 
reliable governmental statistics regards human trafficking (Allvazi del Frate, 
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