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?

Resources

Are you enjoying the show?

If you enjoyed this episode, please take a moment to subscribe or rate the podcast on iTunes by clicking here. Click here for FAQs about podcasts and how to subscribe.

Haven’t been receiving our newsletter? Visit our homepage to join today.

Contact us with questions, comments, or suggestions at feedback@endinghumantrafficking.org.

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.
The Quickstart Guide to Ending Human Trafficking

Want to be a part of the solution?

Sign up for our bi-weekly newsletter for more resources, updates, and insight. You'll also get instant access to our exclusive ebook, The Quickstart Guide to Ending Human Trafficking, that teaches you the five critical things you must know before you join in the fight. Subscribe today and get instant access to your copy!

* indicates required