Human Trafficking and Film: How Popular Portrayals Influence Law and Public Perception

25 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2015 Last revised: 16 Dec 2015

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Jonathan Todres

Georgia State University College of Law

Date Written: November 20, 2015

Abstract

Popular portrayals of human trafficking matter. They shape the prevailing understanding of the issue, which in turn influences the law and policy developed to address human trafficking. This essay examines the interplay between law and culture, specifically cinematic expressions. It reviews three well-known films on human trafficking and explores some of the key misconceptions in each movie. The essay then shows how these misconceptions are prevalent in many law and policy responses to human trafficking. Finally, the author suggests how scholars and advocates might respond more effectively to cinematic (and other media) portrayals of human trafficking.

Keywords: Human trafficking, law, culture, media

JEL Classification: J4, K14, K31, K42, O10

Suggested Citation

Todres, Jonathan, Human Trafficking and Film: How Popular Portrayals Influence Law and Public Perception (November 20, 2015). Cornell Law Review Online, Vol. 101, pp 1-24 2015; Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-33. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2693742

Jonathan Todres (Contact Author)

Georgia State University College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
United States

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