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Monday, June 29, 2020

Tanielian & Tanielian on Perceptions Regarding Human Trafficking

Adam Richard Tanielian and Sangthong Tanielian (Ramkhamhaeng University - Institute of International Studies and affiliation not provided to SSRN) have posted A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Perceptions Regarding Human Trafficking (Journal of Southeast Asian Human Rights, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2019) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This study surveyed 135 individuals, of which 68 were native English speakers and 67 were native Thai speakers. Respondents answered questions on issues related to human trafficking, its causes, and potential solutions. Statistical tests showed significant variance in opinions between language and other groups regarding factors associated with trafficking and regarding the potential impacts of the legalization of prostitution. Thai responses reflected collectivist cultural perceptions, while English responses reflected more individualistic views. Males and English speakers were most likely to think legalized prostitution would lead to a reduction in human trafficking while females and Thai speakers were most likely to believe legalized prostitution would increase trafficking. Responses to an open-ended question showed participants felt similarly about potential remedies for human trafficking, including information and awareness campaigns, interactions between civilians and police, increased penalties for offenders, and reduction in macro-environmental variables such as poverty.

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