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The reality of trafficked people’s access to technology

Elliott, Jessica; McCartan, Kieran


Jessica Elliott


Human trafficking is a global phenomenon. The UK is predominantly, although not exclusively, a destination country for trafficked persons (Europol, 2006). It has become apparent through academic research and debate that there is a lack of empirical research and data available which addresses the reality of access by trafficked persons to certainmeans of communication (internet, mobile phone technology or more traditional means, aPC); therefore meaning that any attempts to use these mediums to assist or identify trafficked individuals are based on speculation rather than empiricism. The aims and objectives of this research are to conduct semi-structured interviews with professionals who work with trafficked people, or in related fields (e.g., Immigration agencies, police, victim support, therapists) (n = 13) with a view to establishing more clearly the level of access trafficked persons/putatively trafficked persons have to communication technology. The participants have been identified through purposive and snowballing sampling techniques(Robson, 2011), and are the best group to utilise as their understandings, as well as attitudes, inform policy and practice in this area. This research looks to identify a general understanding of trafficked people’s access to communication technology; how access to this technology either helps or hinders them escape their current situation; and, consequentially, how understanding the effect of communication technology assists us in how we understand as well as respond to trafficking nationally and internationally.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2013
Journal Journal of Criminal Law
Print ISSN 0022-0183
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 77
Issue 3
Pages 255-273
Institution Citation Elliott, J., & McCartan, K. (2013). The reality of trafficked people’s access to technology. Journal of Criminal Law, 77(3), 255-273.
Keywords trafficking, technology, professional understandings
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