Document Type

Honors Thesis

Publication Date

Spring 2015


This study examines themes within the media around the coverage of human trafficking. Theory of media framing suggests that the media holds the power to influence the ideas and beliefs the public has around issues through the information presented. This study presents a content and thematic analysis of three newspapers in Delaware, Maine, and South Dakota during the year 2014. Themes emerge within the categories of what is human trafficking, where is it happening, who is involved, and why is it happening. Overall, there was a lack of discussion and explanation about what human trafficking actually is. In addition, analysis revealed rich yet incomplete portrayals of prey, perpetrators, and rescuers. While coverage revealed several common messages within the media, the “blanks” and missing information illustrated the several needs within the media discussion of trafficking.

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