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Why should we believe you? An analysis about victim status

Falkensten Pedersen, Sandra LU (2013) RÄSK02 20131
Department of Sociology of Law
Abstract
This paper analyses the way victims of human trafficking are treated in court and if they are treated differently because of the purpose with the trafficking. With the use of discourse analysis and Social Constructionism as a standpoint this paper will also use Christie’s theory about the ideal victim and feminist theory to establish if victims are treated differently and why. To create a better understanding for the crime and situations of the victims this paper will also briefly address the laws relevant.

This paper is based upon case studies and will use court documents concerning trafficking in human beings with the purposes prostitution and forced labour and will look at the ways they are treated by the legal system and by the... (More)
This paper analyses the way victims of human trafficking are treated in court and if they are treated differently because of the purpose with the trafficking. With the use of discourse analysis and Social Constructionism as a standpoint this paper will also use Christie’s theory about the ideal victim and feminist theory to establish if victims are treated differently and why. To create a better understanding for the crime and situations of the victims this paper will also briefly address the laws relevant.

This paper is based upon case studies and will use court documents concerning trafficking in human beings with the purposes prostitution and forced labour and will look at the ways they are treated by the legal system and by the court and if there are any differences. Using case studies will give this paper a result that looks a lot like reality which is coveted since this paper also aims to see if there are any differences between theory and practice in this matter.

The principle of equality has a prominent space in this paper as the question about different treatment in court goes against the Swedish constitution and if different treatment occurs it is vital to address this, not only because of the integrity of the Swedish legal system but also because of the human rights and every person’s equal value. (Less)
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author
Falkensten Pedersen, Sandra LU
supervisor
organization
course
RÄSK02 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
social constructionism, discourse, victimisation, victim status, forced labour, human trafficking, prostitution, postmodern feminism, sociology of law
language
English
id
3814350
date added to LUP
2013-06-17 14:07:48
date last changed
2013-06-17 14:10:28
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  abstract     = {This paper analyses the way victims of human trafficking are treated in court and if they are treated differently because of the purpose with the trafficking. With the use of discourse analysis and Social Constructionism as a standpoint this paper will also use Christie’s theory about the ideal victim and feminist theory to establish if victims are treated differently and why. To create a better understanding for the crime and situations of the victims this paper will also briefly address the laws relevant.

This paper is based upon case studies and will use court documents concerning trafficking in human beings with the purposes prostitution and forced labour and will look at the ways they are treated by the legal system and by the court and if there are any differences. Using case studies will give this paper a result that looks a lot like reality which is coveted since this paper also aims to see if there are any differences between theory and practice in this matter.

The principle of equality has a prominent space in this paper as the question about different treatment in court goes against the Swedish constitution and if different treatment occurs it is vital to address this, not only because of the integrity of the Swedish legal system but also because of the human rights and every person’s equal value.},
  author       = {Falkensten Pedersen, Sandra},
  keyword      = {social constructionism,discourse,victimisation,victim status,forced labour,human trafficking,prostitution,postmodern feminism,sociology of law},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Why should we believe you? An analysis about victim status},
  year         = {2013},
}