156: Reporting on Human Trafficking: Fresh Perspectives

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk about how broadcasters and journalists can tell the story of human trafficking with new perspectives. They talk about shifting the focus to tell the story of demand instead of just focusing on the rescues, and also discuss why it’s important to look at human trafficking with a public health perspective.

Key Points

  • Let’s move from awareness to action.
  • Language matters: we don’t call it prostitution, we call it “commercial sexual exploitation.”
  • Start telling the story about the demand, rather than just the “rescues.”
  • Tell the story about healthy community engagement.
  • We should use the term “recovery” in place of “rescue.”
  • Think about trafficking from a public health perspective, which changes the focus from results to prevention.
  • How can you, in the community, use your expertise and resources to help prevent trafficking?


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Sandie Morgan

Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking.

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