A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Perceptions Regarding Human Trafficking

Journal of Southeast Asian Human Rights, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2019

DOI: 10.19184/jseahr.v3i1.9544

30 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2020

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Adam Richard Tanielian

Ramkhamhaeng University - Institute of International Studies; King Faisal University; National Institute of Development Administration

Sangthong Tanielian

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2019

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.

Suggested Citation

Tanielian, Adam Richard and Tanielian, Sangthong, A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Perceptions Regarding Human Trafficking (2019). Journal of Southeast Asian Human Rights, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3609325

Adam Richard Tanielian (Contact Author)

Ramkhamhaeng University - Institute of International Studies ( email )

Ramkhamhaeng University
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Thailand

King Faisal University ( email )

Saudi Arabia

National Institute of Development Administration ( email )

Bangkok, 10240

Sangthong Tanielian

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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