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Public Understanding of Trafficking in Human Beings in Great Britain, Hungary and Ukraine

Sharapov, Kiril



This article provides a summary of research undertaken to investigate public awareness and understanding of human trafficking in Great Britain, Ukraine, and Hungary. Responding to the lack of reliable empirical data on this issue, the research relies on representative national opinion surveys to assess the extent of public awareness of what human trafficking is, the sources of knowledge underpinning this awareness, and respondents’ attitudes towards key dimensions of human trafficking as embedded in international and respective national legal and policy frameworks and discourses. Conceptually, this article reinforces recent calls for policy and media paradigm shifts from understanding human trafficking as a phenomenon of crime and victimhood, to, above all, as a human rights concern linked to the broader issues of sustainable development and social justice. Methodologically, the study highlights the role of opinion surveys as a measure of effectiveness and impact of anti-trafficking awareness campaigns. In practical terms, the article presents a set of data which can be useful for policy-makers, anti-trafficking activists, and national media in designing impactful awareness-raising campaigns and interventions.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 18, 2019
Online Publication Date Sep 26, 2019
Publication Date Sep 26, 2019
Deposit Date Aug 12, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 2, 2019
Print ISSN 2286-7511
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Pages 30-49
Keywords public opinion; anti-trafficking policies; awareness-raising; news media; trafficking in human beings; survey research
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