MA IDS Thesis Projects

Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

College

College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences

Department

International Development and Service

Degree Name

International Development and Service, MA

First Supervisor

Dr. Linda Rountree

Keywords

human trafficking, social media advocacy, sex trafficking, forced labor, activism, Facebook, Twitter

Abstract

This paper discusses in depth one of the most controversial topics today in the field of development and social justice: human trafficking. Examining it from an activist perspective, this paper defines human trafficking, reviews the history of slavery as it relates to human trafficking, and examines current and emerging trends in combating this human rights violation. Various best practices are explored in the realm of anti-trafficking campaigns and programs. A primary focus of this paper is providing a model for combating trafficking through the engagement of the general public. Therefore social media advocacy is also defined and analyzed in the role of mobilizing individuals. Based on all of the information provided, an online advocacy platform of www.TraffickACTS.org has been launched and evaluated as an intervention educating and engaging the public about human trafficking.

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