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An Innovative Approach to Sex Trafficking Research: The Methodological Advancement of Attride-Stirling’s Thematic Network Analysis

  • Avekadavie Parasramsingh Mano (a1)

Abstract

Research into sex trafficking is considerably lacking despite its increasing global relevance. The trafficking in human beings has been documented within the literature as a form of modern-day slavery. It is commonly described as a form of organized crime that is highly profitable, involving the active participation of corrupt officials, politicians, financial institutions and criminal networks that facilitate document forgery, illegal border crossings, money laundering and the return of escaped victims. This paper discusses the thematic network analysis of recently collected qualitative data on sex trafficking in Belize. Jennifer Attride-Stirling’s (2001) thematic network analysis was applied to data gathered from face-to-face, semi-structured interviews with four distinct groups within the sex industry: sex traffickers, sex workers, clients and knowledgeable locally based officials Given the expansive nature of this research, thematic network analysis has been advanced to accommodate the specificities of each group, creating what has been termed here as a supra-global theme. This innovative approach facilitates the emergence of a deeper, more pertinent understanding of the intrinsic realities characteristic of Belize’s sex industry and may be applied to similar multi-group research.

La investigación sobre el tráfico sexual carece considerablemente a pesar de su creciente relevancia mundial. El tráfico de seres humanos ha sido documentado dentro de la literatura como una forma de esclavitud moderna. Se describe comúnemente como una forma de delincuencia organizada que es altamente rentable; involucrando la participación activa de funcionarios corruptos, políticos, instituciones financieras y redes criminales que facilitan la falsificación de documentos, los cruces fronterizos ilegales, el lavado de dinero y el regreso de las víctimas fugitivas. Este documento analiza el análisis de redes temáticas de datos cualitativos recopilados recientemente sobre el tráfico sexual en Belice. El análisis de redes temáticas de Attride-Stirling (2001) se aplicó a los datos recolectados de entrevistas semi-estructuradas presenciales con cuatro grupos distintos dentro de la industria del sexo: traficantes sexuales, trabajadoras sexuales, clientes y funcionarios locales bien enterados de la situación Dada la expansiva naturaleza de esta investigación, se ha utilizado el análisis de redes temáticas para acomodar las especificidades de cada grupo, creando lo que se ha denominado aquí como un tema supramundial. Este enfoque innovador facilita el surgimiento de una comprensión más profunda y pertinente de las realidades intrínsecas características de la industria del sexo de Belice y puede aplicarse a investigaciones similares de varios grupos.

La recherche sur le trafic sexuel est considérablement insuffisante malgré sa croissante pertinence mondiale. La traite des êtres humains a été documentée dans la littérature comme une forme d'esclavage moderne. Il est communément décrit comme une forme de crime organisé hautement rentable; impliquant la participation active de fonctionnaires corrompus, d'hommes politiques, d'institutions financières et de réseaux criminels qui facilitent la falsification de documents, les passages illégaux de frontières, le blanchiment d'argent et le retour des victimes évadées. Ce document discute de l'analyse par réseau thématique de données qualitatives collectées récemment sur le trafic sexuel au Belize. L'analyse du réseau thématique d'Attride-Stirling (2001) a été appliquée aux données recueillies lors d'entretiens face-à-face et semi-structurés avec quatre groupes distincts de l'industrie du sexe: trafiquants d’hommes/femmes, travailleurs du sexe, clients et fonctionnaires locaux. Compte tenu de la nature expansive de cette recherche, l'analyse du réseau thématique a été avancée pour tenir compte des spécificités de chaque groupe, créant ce qui a été appelé ici un thème supra-global. Cette approche novatrice facilite l'émergence d'une compréhension plus profonde et plus pertinente des réalités intrinsèques caractéristiques de l'industrie du sexe au Belize et peut être appliquée à la recherche similaire des multi-groupes.

尽管全球相关性的日益提高,关于性行为研究仍然相当匮乏。文化中已经将人口贩运记录为现代奴隶制的一种形式。它通常被描述为一种可谋求暴利的有组织犯罪形式;涉及腐败官员,政治家,金融机构和互联网犯罪的积极参与,促成文件伪造,非法过境点,洗钱和逃离受害者的返回。本文讨论了最近收集的伯利兹性贩卖定性数据的专题网络分析。 Attride Stirling(2001)主题网络分析尝试从性交易相关的行业内与四个不同群体的面对面,半结构化访谈收集的数据:性贩子,性工作者,客户和知识渊博的本地官员。同时,为拓宽本研究的特质,积极推进专题网络分析,以适应每个群体的特点,创造了这里被称为超全球主题。这种创新尝试有助于对伯利兹性行业特征的内在现实进行更深入,更有针对性的了解,并可能应用于类似的多组研究。

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*Corresponding Author: Avekadavie Parasramsingh Mano, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago. E-mail: aveka85@yahoo.com

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