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Getting what we want: experience and impact in research with survivors of slavery

Bales, Kevin


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Professor of Contemporary Slavery


Dina Siegel

Roos de Wildt


This chapter examines the ethical and moral dilemmas present in conducting research within vulnerable populations. In particular, we explore the process of conducting interviews with trafficking victims that identify as transient minor sex workers. In light of the primary responsibility to ‘first, do no harm’, investigating the variety of unintended negative consequences implicit in data collection and presentation is a process that is both tedious and engaging. Experience and literature are employed in analysing the threats to the physical, social, and psychological integrity of all participants in this project, including the researcher, the subjects, the sponsoring institution(s), and the audiences.

Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2016
Publication Date Dec 8, 2016
Deposit Date Dec 13, 2018
Publisher Springer
Pages 173-190
Series Title Studies of Organized Crime
Series Number Volume 13
Series ISSN 1571-5493
Book Title Ethical concerns in research on human trafficking
ISBN 978-3-319-21520-4
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