156 – Reporting on Human Trafficking: Fresh Perspectives

Dr. Sandie 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

  • We need to challenge journalists to move from awareness to action.
  • Media platforms need to be careful not to dehumanize victims, protect the safety and privacy of a victim’s identity, and be cautious not to re-exploit victims through the retelling of their story.
  • Language matters, we want to use terminology that shows the experience of the victim and allows the community to understand the root causes of these issues, such as using “commercial sexual exploitation” instead of “prostitution”.
  • Media should change the perspective about trafficking to include the demand, healthy community engagement, and public health
  • 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.


  1. Paul Lewis on November 8, 2017 at 5:03 pm


    I wanted to thank you for sharing Lori’s email on Podcast #156. I just recently became a member of our local Coalition and digging deep into what God has in store for me in order to End Slavery. As a fellow Data Analyst this intrigued me and I was hoping to get some information if not the same information that you shared with her. I want to be able to use my abilities with data to make a difference and I am not sure how to go about doing this. I have also just started volunteering with our Awareness committee and we have created some awareness posters. I am curious if you could help me/us in being able to identify the best places to post these that would make the biggest impact? Any help would be much appreciated and I am so grateful for finding your podcast! You are doing an amazing job!

    Thank you again,

    Paul Lewis

    • Sandie Morgan on December 8, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you, Paul. Watch for podcast #160 coming out this month. Our guest from the UNODC explains more about their searchable knowledge database!

      I think the best place for sharing posters is on FB. Does your group have a FB page? Post them and then, just tag others in the community to expand your reach. Instagram is also a good venue.

      Thank you for connecting with our EHT Community, Paul.

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