Date of Submission
Master of Science in National Security
Dr. Howard Stoffer
Police officers’ beliefs, Positive psychological approaches, Modernized laws, Media's affect on public knowledge
Human trafficking, Human trafficking victims, Mass media, Police, Press coverage
This paper focuses on how the media can affect the publics knowledge about human trafficking. Specific attention is paid to what human trafficking is and what the different types of criteria that need to be met are. Of the criteria that is met, the paper looks at the overlapping of requirements between human trafficking and other offenses. More importantly throughout the paper is analyzations on police officers’ beliefs about knowing what human trafficking is, what still needs to be done, and their stance on the current definition. The research presented demonstrates the need for more positive psychological approaches when talking to a victim of human trafficking as they are already a part of a vulnerable group and the need to implement clearer terminology to establish modernized laws and programs.
Blum, Samantha N., "Human Trafficking and the Media" (2020). Master's Theses. 171.