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Vulnerable and invisible : depictions of trafficking victims in public awareness campaigns

O'Brien, Erin & McLeod, Sarida (2011) Vulnerable and invisible : depictions of trafficking victims in public awareness campaigns. In Carrington, Kerry & Tauri, Juan (Eds.) Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Conference Proceedings, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD.

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Abstract

Public concern about the crime of human trafficking has dramatically risen over the last two decades. . This concern and panic has both spawned and been fuelled by an array of public awareness campaigns that aim to educate the public about this crime. Campaigns such as the Blue Blindfold Campaign in the UK, the UN-driven Blue Heart Campaign, and the worldwide Body Shop campaign have contributed to the public’s awareness and, to an extent, understanding of the phenomenon of human trafficking. This research explores these and other government and non-government campaigns aimed at raising public awareness of human trafficking. It questions the rationale, call to action and impact of these efforts, and analyses the depiction of trafficking victims in these campaigns. In particular, this research argues that some of these campaigns perpetuate an understanding of a hierarchy of victimisation of trafficking. A public focus on sex trafficking often results in the conflation of prostitution and trafficking, and renders invisible the male and female victims of trafficking for other forms of labour.

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ID Code: 48258
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: trafficking, slavery, sex work, prostitution, campaigns, migration
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 27 Jan 2012 09:02
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2012 09:06

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