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Dr. Anne Johnston: amjohnst @ email.unc.edu
Dr. Barbara Friedman: bfriedman @ unc.edu
Useful resources mentioned in class:
- The Irina Project on Twitter and on Facebook
- Sex-Trafficking conference at UNC! Info, dates, and more
Research by Drs. Friedman and Johnston:
- Johnston, Anne, Barbara Friedman, and Autumn Shafer. “What’s the Problem and What Can We Do About It? Mass Media Explain the Global Sex Trade.” Challenging Images of Women in the Media: Reinventing Women’s Lives. Ed. Theresa Carilli & Jane Campbell. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2012. 49–64. Book at UNC
- Johnston, Anne, Barbara Friedman, and Autumn Shafer. “Framing the Problem of Sex Trafficking: Whose Problem? What Remedy?” Feminist Media Studies 14.3 (2014): 1–18. (not available online; ask Stephanie for a copy)
Data & Statistics
- What is Human Trafficking? from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Start with their FAQ "What Is Human Trafficking?"
Check out the links at the bottom to research and publications.
- Combating Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery from the Polaris Project.
Check out their state-by-state report cards.
- Trafficking in Persons (TIP). From the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Friedman: "Those reflect the widest range of numbers (4 million to 27 million), demonstrating the limitations of what can be known; describe the way data is collected, and so on."
Check out their 2013 Report.
- The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tracks the numbers of "at risk" youths, rather than trying to count all cases of trafficking (which simply cannot be known).
- Human Trafficking Laws in the States State-by-state guide of laws related to human trafficking from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
'In the case of all of these numbers, the limitations should be noted (e.g., assault/rape/trafficking is underreported; people can report to multiple sources; not all law enforcement are trained to recognize trafficking, etc.)"
Links to More Information
North Carolina Resources
- Human Trafficking from the Carolina Women’s Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Includes links to scholarly articles, other N.C. organizations, and more. Plus links to student groups on campus.
- North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking Some material is dated, but there is NCCAHT news from 2012 & 2013.
- NC Stop Human Trafficking | Fighting Human Trafficking in North Carolina
- Human Trafficking Research Guide Links to many resources on human trafficking. Mostly related to legal cases. From librarians at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
Education About Sex Trafficking
- Rights4girls A human rights organization focused on gender-based violence and its impact on vulnerable young women and girls in the U.S. Follow them on Twitter or
Check out their fact sheets about Domestic Child Sex Trafficking and more.
- Girls Educational and Mentoring Service (GEMS) serves girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Follow them on Twitter.
- Fair Girls works to prevent the exploitation of girls worldwide with empowerment and education.
Check out their Recommended Reading, or follow them on Twitter.
- Don't Sell Bodies Graphical representation of news, data, and other material related to human trafficking. Follow them on Twitter.