In his latest article “Human Trafficking and Film: How Popular Portrayals Influence Law and Public Perception,” in the Cornell Law Review Online, Professor Jonathan Todres explores the “feedback loop” between films portraying human trafficking and law. With human trafficking emerging within the last fifteen years as an important human rights issue, a growing number of movies have focused on the topic. While portraying critical aspects of human trafficking and bringing this issue to light, these films also reinforce many myths about human trafficking. Todres’s essay examines these myths in three movies often highlighted by human rights advocates and speakers at programs and conferences – Human Trafficking, Taken, and The Whistleblower – and demonstrates how law and policy addressing human trafficking also are influenced by these same myths.
Jonathan Todres is a professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law and a member of the Center for Law, Health & Society. His research focuses on a range of issues related to children’s rights and child well-being, including child trafficking and related forms of exploitation.