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Public perception of human trafficking: a case study of Moldova

Authors
  • Bogdan, Ludmila1
  • 1 Moldova State University (Universitatea de Stat din Moldova), Alexei Mateevici Street 60, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova , Chișinău (Moldova)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Comparative Migration Studies
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Oct 29, 2020
Volume
8
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s40878-020-00201-5
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

For two decades, counter-trafficking organizations have been operating under the assumption that rural populations are less informed about human trafficking. Based on a public survey of 300 people in Moldova, I found that anti-trafficking organizations operating in Moldova have flawed assumptions about the public knowledge. Findings show that rural people are, in fact, more knowledgeable about human trafficking than other surveyed groups. In-depth interviews revealed that these people are more informed than others because (1) anti-trafficking organizations mainly have targeted them, (2) they are more likely to know families who have lost members to the traffickers, (3) they tend to think of themselves more likely to be trafficked because they share the same characteristics with the trafficked victims. These findings suggest that counter-trafficking organizations have to revise their anti-trafficking efforts and re-conceptualize the targeted population for their work to be more efficient in tackling this problem.

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