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International News Coverage of Human Trafficking Arrests and Prosecutions: A Content Analytic Study
Unformatted Document Text:  continues to challenge and test the validity of the results of any trafficking database that is created. Tyldum & Brunovskis (2005) echo concerns previously outlined by Kelly (2002) and Dottridge (2002) regarding the inability of legislation and prohibitions to deal with human trafficking if the data presented is inaccurate, or not wholly representative of the issue. The continued data compilation by the UNODC into one single database seeks to rectify such issues (UNODC, 2006). If the human trafficking literature continues to equate trafficking with prostitution, the positive changes in data collection methodologies could become superfluous because the data collected may only refer to human trafficking events involving prostitution. This is problematic because illegal immigrants who were smuggled into the country may be involved in prostitution and may skew the data as a false positive for human trafficking. Global Consensus Regarding the Decriminalization of Prostitution My intention for this section of the paper is not to present a complete and comprehensive representation of all arguments for and against the decriminalizing of prostitution, but rather to highlight some of the issues inherent to the uniting of the human trafficking and prostitution literatures. Currently, there is little debate that the global sex trade drives the trafficking of persons for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Whether this consensus is accurate remains to be determined because the numbers of individuals willingly involved in prostitution has not been assessed in the human trafficking literature. However, the extent to which the criminalizing and 11

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continues to challenge and test the validity of the results of any trafficking 
database that is created.  Tyldum & Brunovskis (2005) echo concerns previously 
outlined by Kelly (2002) and Dottridge (2002) regarding the inability of legislation 
and prohibitions to deal with human trafficking if the data presented is inaccurate, 
or not wholly representative of the issue.  The continued data compilation by the 
UNODC into one single database seeks to rectify such issues (UNODC, 2006).
If the human trafficking literature continues to equate trafficking with 
prostitution, the positive changes in data collection methodologies could become 
superfluous because the data collected may only refer to human trafficking 
events involving prostitution.  This is problematic because illegal immigrants who 
were smuggled into the country may be involved in prostitution and may skew the 
data as a false positive for human trafficking.
Global Consensus Regarding the Decriminalization of 
My intention for this section of the paper is not to present a complete and 
comprehensive representation of all arguments for and against the 
decriminalizing of prostitution, but rather to highlight some of the issues inherent 
to the uniting of the human trafficking and prostitution literatures.  
Currently, there is little debate that the global sex trade drives the 
trafficking of persons for the purpose of sexual exploitation.  Whether this 
consensus is accurate remains to be determined because the numbers of 
individuals willingly involved in prostitution has not been assessed in the human 
trafficking literature.  However, the extent to which the criminalizing and 

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