An Issue of “Otherness”: Beliefs that Human Trafficking Cannot Affect One’s In-Group Present Obstacle to Combatting Human Trafficking
Global Insights Series #001, LAPOP, Vanderbilt University, June 6
- In a study in Nepal, we find that individuals see trafficking as an important issue in Nepal broadly, but not as a particularly important issue in their own communities and their own lives. We call this an “otherness” issue.
- If human trafficking is viewed as someone else’s problem, which does not affect members of one’s own community, people may be less vigilant about mitigating human trafficking risks.
- This perception that human trafficking is not a local issue is not simple to remedy. Exposure to awareness campaigns about the risks of human trafficking can effectively increase people’s sense that it is an important national problem while not altering perception about its local importance.
Boittin, Margaret; Evans, Claire Q.; Mo, Cecilia Hyunjung; and Tota II, Frank T., "An Issue of “Otherness”: Beliefs that Human Trafficking Cannot Affect One’s In-Group Present Obstacle to Combatting Human Trafficking" (2018). Commissioned Reports, Studies and Public Policy Documents. Paper 212.