Not all "Victims:" Moving beyond the rhetoric of victimhood and toward a holistic mission to trafficked people across the Greater Mekong Sub-Region
Shawna Warner (Payap University)
Paper short abstract:
This paper examines the rhetorical framing of communicative artifacts of human trafficking, and analyzes it against on-ground data from the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
Paper long abstract:
The rhetoric of victimhood is a prominent feature of Christian organizational responses to human trafficking. Such an emphasis often lacks a holistic approach against exploitation. There is a disparity between the rhetorical framing of trafficking in communicative artifacts, such as books, films, and social media, and the on-ground realities faced by trafficked people in prominent trafficking zones such as the Greater Mekong Sub-region. This paper examines the rhetorical framing of communicative artifacts of human trafficking and analyzes it against on-ground data from the Greater Mekong Sub-region. Victimization is inherently damaging and dehumanizing. It perpetuates myths of trafficked people's lived experiences. Moving past the rhetoric of victimhood is essential for Christian organizations to better align with holistic responses to human trafficking in Southeast Asia.
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