KOK was commissioned by the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) to conduct a short study on the framing of traffocking in human beings in the print media in Germany. It analysed 50 articles from six national daily and weekly newspapers as well as a news magazine and looked into the question of how the issue of trafficking in human beings is portrayed in the print media. The CBSS commissioned this research in several member states. The reason for this was the fact that the news media have increasingly reported on the issue of trafficking in human beings in recent years and play an important role in informing and shaping public opinion. The results of the research will be used to develop guidelines for journalists on reporting on trafficking in human beings.
For Germany, the research showed that sexual exploitation is the main topic reported. The clear difference in the reporting of cases in Germany and abroad was striking. This difference was particularly noticeable with regard to framing: While cases in Germany were often presented in the context of criminal prosecution, reports on cases abroad had a human rights or labour law focus much more frequently.
Although the study cannot make any representative, generally valid statements on the representation of the topic in the German media due to the research design, interesting tendencies became clear.