Has India’s tripartite cooperation with Brazil and South Africa helped it combat human trafficking? A news media framing analysis spanning two decadesDr Deepti Ganapathy, faculty in the Management Communication area at IIM Bangalore, and Tania Cantrell Rosas-Moreno, Professor in the Department of Communication, Loyola University Maryland, USA.
India’s human trafficking situation in light of its IBSA co-founding/membership is considered through a mixed-methods framing-theory-informed analysis of almost 300 human trafficking stories from two top Indian dailies spanning nearly two decades. Basic quantitative findings plus a comparison among five emergent frames indicate that at least in India’s case, its IBSA co-founding and membership have had little to no influence on its human trafficking situation. This research is significant, because it questions international organizational participation effectiveness; articulates the gross social injustice of human trafficking; points out the Indian press’s role in reporting on it; and calls for other root-based approaches to stop trafficking, given how current top-down measures seem powerless to stay it.Know more