Sex Trafficking and the Media: Perspectives from Thailand and the United States, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Sex Trafficking and the Media

Perspectives from Thailand and the United States, 1st Edition

By Meghan Sobel


180 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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This book explores how sex trafficking has been reported in the media. The book is set in the context of reportage of this human rights abuse in two varying political landscapes – the United States being a developed democracy and Thailand experiencing continued political turmoil including a May 2014 coup d’état and an accompanying crackdown on free expression by the ruling military junta. In doing so, the book shows how there are great similarities between the two countries in the way the issue is misrepresented. Drawing on content analysis of news coverage in the United States and Thailand as well as interviews with journalists, anti-trafficking advocates, survivors of sex trafficking and consensual sex workers, this book illuminates reasons why coverage is framed in the way(s) that it is, how anti-trafficking advocates can act as media advocates to push coverage in new directions, and how journalistic functions are similar and different in the two countries.

Table of Contents

1. Sex Trafficking, Human Rights, and the Role of News Media. 2. Thai and American Political and Media Landscapes. 3. Differences in Sex Trafficking Between Thailand and the U.S., 4. Media Framing of Sex Trafficking in Thailand and the U.S., 5. Relationships Between Journalists, Activists, and Survivors in Thailand and the Resulting Journalistic Practices. 6. Relationships Between Journalists, Activists, and Survivors in the U.S. and the Resulting Journalistic Practices. 7. Conclusion & Looking Forward: Recommendations for Improving Coverage in Varying Political Landscapes

About the Author

Meghan Sobel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Regis University, Colorado

About the Series

Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of media, culture and social change in Asia. New proposals are welcome, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor, Stephanie Donald, at [email protected]

Editorial Board:

Gregory N. Evon, University of New South Wales
Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology, Sydney
Michael Keane, Curtin University
Tania Lewis, RMIT University, Melbourne
Vera Mackie, University of Wollongong
Kama Maclean, University of New South Wales

Laikwan Pang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gary Rawnsley, Aberystwyth University
Ming-yeh Rawnsley, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University
Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney
Jing Wang, MIT
Ying Zhu, Hong Kong Baptist University



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies