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International News Coverage of Human Trafficking Arrests and Prosecutions: A Content Analytic Study
Unformatted Document Text:  Further confounding exploitation cases is the notion that individuals may not realize or believe they are being exploited. For example, some articles reported that individuals agreed to be transported to another country in order to gain employment with wages comparable to those of their country of residence. 36 Based on the wages received for their current employment, it is unlikely that the trafficked individual would be considered a victim of exploitation in their country of origin. As such, the trafficked individual may not identify him or herself as exploited. Additional complexities arise when considering newly landed immigrants who employ individuals based on wages comparable to those of their country of origin. Intricacies regarding exploitation, like those aforementioned, require further attention in order to effectively legislate against acts of human trafficking. Socioeconomic factors and human rights abuses in countries of origins of trafficked individuals The results of this study partially support the suggestions in the human trafficking literature (Blanchet, 2002; Bruckert & Parent, 2002; Shannon, 1994; UNODC, 2006; Vocks & Nijboer, 2000) that women and children are trafficked, more often that not, from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and from countries where women and children are not afforded the same rights as their male counterparts. The results of this study also suggest that socioeconomic factors are likely to motivate both traffickers and trafficked individuals to engage in 36 Although the wages are comparable to their home country, some individuals agree to relocate to another country because they cannot obtain employment in their homeland. Also, some agree to relocate because they want their children to be raised in a country with more opportunities (like those offered by a developed nation). 74

Authors: Denton, Erin.
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Further confounding exploitation cases is the notion that individuals may 
not realize or believe they are being exploited.  For example, some articles 
reported that individuals agreed to be transported to another country in order to 
gain employment with wages comparable to those of their country of residence.
Based on the wages received for their current employment, it is unlikely that the 
trafficked individual would be considered a victim of exploitation in their country 
of origin. As such, the trafficked individual may not identify him or herself as 
exploited.  Additional complexities arise when considering newly landed 
immigrants who employ individuals based on wages comparable to those of their 
country of origin.  Intricacies regarding exploitation, like those aforementioned, 
require further attention in order to effectively legislate against acts of human 
trafficking.
Socioeconomic factors and human rights abuses in countries of 
origins of trafficked individuals
The results of this study partially support the suggestions in the human 
trafficking literature (Blanchet, 2002; Bruckert & Parent, 2002; Shannon, 1994; 
UNODC, 2006; Vocks & Nijboer, 2000) that women and children are trafficked, 
more often that not, from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and from countries 
where women and children are not afforded the same rights as their male 
counterparts. The results of this study also suggest that socioeconomic factors 
are likely to motivate both traffickers and trafficked individuals to engage in 
36
  Although the wages are comparable to their home country, some individuals agree to relocate 
to another country because they cannot obtain employment in their homeland.  Also, some 
agree to relocate because they want their children to be raised in a country with more 
opportunities (like those offered by a developed nation).
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