Discuss how the project questions, contradicts, or reinforces existing theoretical knowledge relative to the student’s professional practice and/or discipline.
Introduces a critical lens or theoretical framework that informs the project, including appropriate citations and context for this framework.
Describes the expected contribution of the project to knowledge or professional practice within the discipline.
Discuss the limitations of the project’s scope and generalizability.
The design of this creative project will be qualitative in nature. This design includes the definition of the project and the existing theoretical knowledge, the project’s theoretical framework, expected contribution of the project and the limitations of the project.
The Project and the existing theoretical knowledge
When talking about human trafficking mostly, many scholars and research pundits tend to concentrate on the impacts that human trafficking has on the people who are trafficked for labour or sex reasons. However, it is true that human trafficking has lasting impacts not only on the people getting trafficked and their families but also on the communities in which this labour or sex takes place (Austin & Farrell, 2017). This research investigates the manner in which human trafficking has a destabilising effect on the United States in terms of the security of the people involved and in terms of heightening the risks that are often prevalent as a result of uncontrolled immigration like terrorism and overall national security.
In terms of existing knowledge, the research looks at human trafficking in a novel way, questioning the more often touted causes of the same and what can be done differently to stop the consequences of human trafficking. Human trafficking has been proved to have lasting emotional, psychological and physical impacts that scar victims and societies for generations. While the victims are left hanging in the balance, too steeped into the labour and forced prostitution to get out, the societies within which they operate also face the risk of a heightened insecurity.
The research questions the prevailing causes of human trafficking and assesses the manner in which human trafficking has been handled in the recent past. In doing so, it ventures into a novel area, questioning whether or not new interventions like educating the public hold the key to having stopping the troubling trends in human trafficking. It also assesses the role that the legislative process would have in attempting to stop the increased cases of human trafficking (Farrell & Reichert, 2017).
One of the chief causes of human trafficking, at least from the perspective of those who are duped, is the false promise of a better life following extreme poverty in their societies. The research looks at the ways in which poor living conditions, lack of reliable and well-paying jobs, opportunities for progress and hope for the children in the poor societies contribute to increase in human trafficking (Greenbaum, 2017). The poverty dynamic is a vital theoretical standpoint from which human trafficking can be viewed.
The project is also informed by the sustained economic potential that trafficked populations have in the societies where they are taken. The system that is built for them is such that they are caught in a cyclic context in which they have no support system and they cannot get back home (Chisolm-Straker & Stoklosa, 2017). They are essentially left with no alternative but to stick to the demands of their labour and sex captors.
Expected Contribution of the Project
One of the expected contributions of this study is to aid in the understanding of the negative impacts that human trafficking have on the destination societies, in this case the United States. It is often the case that human trafficking has impacts on the people who are trafficked and their families. However, this study shifts focus slightly, looking at the manner in which human trafficking affect the United States itself in terms of the compromised security, heightened levels of terrorism and the inability of the trafficked people to fully integrate into the society following their own emotional and psychological trauma.
The project will also have a critical review of the existing policies that are aimed at stopping the human trafficking phenomenon. It will critically evaluate such measures and in the process, suggest other mechanisms that may alternatively be employed to stop human trafficking. In doing so, the project will also place the role that the legislative process has in the halting of human trafficking. In the long run, the project will provide ways in which human trafficking lead to the country’s instability, and offer suggestions on how the country can redeem its image and be stable again once human trafficking in rooted out (Chisolm-Straker & Stoklosa, 2017; Greenbaum et al. 2017).
Limitations of the project
One of the limitations of this project is the people involved in force labour and sex after getting trafficked. There is a lack of consensus on what constitutes human trafficking in the United States. While it is true that human trafficking involves some form of duping or coercion for the purpose of forced labour or sex, the definitions are not conclusive. The project will be limited only to those who are brought to the United against their own will and forced to work as labourers or prostitutes.
The study will also only look at the populations that are trafficked from other nations into the country illegally, ignoring the other large group that involves those moved from one part of the country to another and who also eventually get sucked into the dark underworld og human traffickers.
In conclusion, this project will introduce critical and novel ways of understanding human trafficking, looking at the United States society and assessing how human trafficking has affected life here. It will also look at the manner in which a different approach will be necessary in solving the problem of human trafficking, including if possible, the re-education of populations.
Austin, R., & Farrell, A. (2017). Human trafficking and the media in the United States. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Chisolm-Straker, M., & Stoklosa, H. (Eds.). (2017). Human trafficking is a public health issue: A paradigm expansion in the United States. Springer.
Farrell, A., & Reichert, J. (2017). Using US law-enforcement data: Promise and limits in measuring human trafficking. Journal of Human Trafficking, 3(1), 39-60.
Greenbaum, V. J. (2017). Child sex trafficking in the United States: Challenges for the healthcare provider. PLoS medicine, 14(11), e1002439.
Greenbaum, J., Bodrick, N., & Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. (2017). Global human trafficking and child victimization. Pediatrics, 140(6).
Kaufka Walts, K. (2017). Child labor trafficking in the United States: A hidden crime. Social Inclusion, 5(2), 59-68.