Coding Newspaper Articles on Human Trafficking in Russian
The Human Trafficking Research Lab allows me to observe how empirical research can be carried out in practice. Another privilege I have been granted is the opportunity to cooperate with Dr. Laura Dean, I have total freedom in establishing my research schedule, and if I come across any difficulties, I can discuss them with her during our meetings. Considering the target time frame, the scope of the content analysis envisages not only Central Russia but also former soviet states and sometimes Russian propaganda per se. I reckon that human trafficking is a complex issue to tackle, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between different forms of trafficking due to framing. In some instances, I encounter trafficking cases in papers that I code, however, those cases are not labeled as trafficking by the authors, which accentuates the complexity of the issue. Some articles tend to be more difficult to read due to content and familiarity, the cases and countries discussed in the articles are close to the culture and background I come from, therefore, I do take extra time reading them. Periodically I become so captivated by the content of the newspapers that I have an urge to do further studies on them and check the legitimacy of claims made.
UGRAD exchange student
International Black Sea University