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International News Coverage of Human Trafficking Arrests and Prosecutions: A Content Analytic Study
Unformatted Document Text:  METHOD This study utilizes content analysis, which allows the researcher to begin with a research idea, create a sampling methodology, define recording units (words, phrases, or ideas to be coded), and then construct categories for analysis (Pedhazur & Schemlkin, 1991 as cited in Boots & Heide, 2006). A content analysis is particularly useful because while allowing for a systematic overview of the content of the data (Robson, 2002 as cited in Boots & Heide, 2006), This method also allows the researcher to collect and code information and explore both manifest and latent information within the data. Furthermore, this method is “excellent for comparative and historical studies or for discerning trends in existing phenomena” (Hagan, 2003 as cited in Boots & Heide, 2006). This study’s use of content analysis is limited by both the amount of information available via the electronic Internet database search engine and the fact that the articles collected were not intended for the frame of analysis of this study. The researcher attempted to limit the shortcomings of the content analysis for this study by assessing only specific attributes defined within each newspaper article that was collected; that is, the attribute values created for coding purposes did not rely on interpretation by the researcher; rather, the researcher coded only the information made directly available in the article and did not interpret information. Despite these, and other undefined possible shortcomings, the researcher based the study of human trafficking on electronic 24

Authors: Denton, Erin.
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This study utilizes content analysis, which allows the researcher to begin 
with a research idea, create a sampling methodology, define recording units 
(words, phrases, or ideas to be coded), and then construct categories for 
analysis (Pedhazur & Schemlkin, 1991 as cited in Boots & Heide, 2006).  A 
content analysis is particularly useful because while allowing for a systematic 
overview of the content of the data (Robson, 2002 as cited in Boots & Heide, 
2006), This method also allows the researcher to collect and code information 
and explore both manifest and latent information within the data.  Furthermore, 
this method is “excellent for comparative and historical studies or for discerning 
trends in existing phenomena” (Hagan, 2003 as cited in Boots & Heide, 2006).
This study’s use of content analysis is limited by both the amount of 
information available via the electronic Internet database search engine and the 
fact that the articles collected were not intended for the frame of analysis of this 
study.  The researcher attempted to limit the shortcomings of the content 
analysis for this study by assessing only specific attributes defined within each 
newspaper article that was collected; that is, the attribute values created for 
coding purposes did not rely on interpretation by the researcher; rather, the 
researcher coded only the information made directly available in the article and 
did not interpret information.  Despite these, and other undefined possible 
shortcomings, the researcher based the study of human trafficking on electronic 

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