Ideal victims in human trafficking awareness campaigns

O'Brien, Erin (2013) Ideal victims in human trafficking awareness campaigns. In Carrington, Kerry, Ball, Matthew, O'Brien, Erin, & Tauri, Juan Marcellus (Eds.) Crime, Justice and Social Democracy : International perspectives. Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke, pp. 315-326.

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Amidst a proliferation of bestseller books, blockbuster films, television documentaries and sensational news reports, public awareness campaigns have claimed their place in a growing chorus of concern about the crime of human trafficking. These campaigns aim to capture the public’s support in efforts to eliminate a ‘modern slave trade’ in which individuals seeking a better life are transported across borders and forced into exploitative labour conditions. Constrained by the limitations of primary campaign materials (posters, print ads, billboards) typically allowing for only a single image and minimal text, it is unlikely that these awareness campaigns can accurately convey the complexity of the trafficking problem. This chapter explores how the depictions of trafficking victims in awareness campaigns can exclude those who do not fit a restrictive narrative mould. Nils Christie’s pivotal work on the construction of society’s ideal victim is the lens through which this paper examines the literal ‘poster child’ of the anti-trafficking movement.

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ID Code: 56654
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: trafficking, prostitution, migration, sex
ISBN: 9781137008688
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Palgrave MacMillan
Deposited On: 24 Jan 2013 04:33
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2016 23:32

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