Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences
International Development and Service
International Development and Service, MA
Dr. Linda Rountree
human trafficking, social media advocacy, sex trafficking, forced labor, activism, Facebook, Twitter
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.
Gardner, Sarah, "TraffickACTS.Org: Turning Advocacy to Action to Combat Human Trafficking Through the Public" (2015). MA IDS Thesis Projects. 16.