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International News Coverage of Human Trafficking Arrests and Prosecutions: A Content Analytic Study
Unformatted Document Text:  prosecutions. The political climate in each country reporting on human trafficking could influence the types of cases reported in the news media. A country, like the United States, which has a current political climate debating issues pertaining to illegal immigrants, may be more likely to report human trafficking crimes relating to illegal immigration; however, the current political climate of the United States also has a strong focus on suppressing the trafficking of human beings, specifically relating to sex trafficking, so it is likely that cases involving sex trafficking would be revealed by the news media. Sexual slavery receives heightened attention from North American news media, so it is highly likely that any cases regarding sex trafficking would be emphasized and would be captured, if not overemphasized, by the results of this study. Lastly, it is probable that the international news media are not made aware of all cases of arrest and prosecution regarding human trafficking, and, as such, many cases remain unreported. In regards to unreported human trafficking crimes, it is expected that many cases of human trafficking remain unreported to the government, police or media; this is true of all crime. The aim of this study is to perform a content analysis of the specific articles collected in order to obtain additional insight into the human trafficking act. The human trafficking incidents, as collected for this study, may not be representative of all human trafficking Incidents, but do represent a portion of incidents that do occur. The results of this study clearly indicate a need for future collection and analysis of human trafficking data to determine if the limited media accounts of this study are representative of the overall phenomenon of, and responses to, 85

Authors: Denton, Erin.
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prosecutions.  The political climate in each country reporting on human trafficking 
could influence the types of cases reported in the news media.  A country, like 
the United States, which has a current political climate debating issues pertaining 
to illegal immigrants, may be more likely to report human trafficking crimes 
relating to illegal immigration; however, the current political climate of the United 
States also has a strong focus on suppressing the trafficking of human beings, 
specifically relating to sex trafficking, so it is likely that cases involving sex 
trafficking would be revealed by the news media.  Sexual slavery receives 
heightened attention from North American news media, so it is highly likely that 
any cases regarding sex trafficking would be emphasized and would be 
captured, if not overemphasized, by the results of this study.  
Lastly, it is probable that the international news media are not made aware 
of all cases of arrest and prosecution regarding human trafficking, and, as such, 
many cases remain unreported.  In regards to unreported human trafficking 
crimes, it is expected that many cases of human trafficking remain unreported to 
the government, police or media; this is true of all crime.  The aim of this study is 
to perform a content analysis of the specific articles collected in order to obtain 
additional insight into the human trafficking act.  The human trafficking incidents, 
as collected for this study, may not be representative of all human trafficking 
Incidents, but do represent a portion of incidents that do occur.  
The results of this study clearly indicate a need for future collection and 
analysis of human trafficking data to determine if the limited media accounts of 
this study are representative of the overall phenomenon of, and responses to, 

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