ISSUE: Language Sensitivity in Human Trafficking Advocacy

Survivor video: how language can cause more harm and create barriers for support.

This video clip has been supplied by MCIS Language Services. It was developed as part of their online human trafficking training program.  To learn more about MCIS  and the innovative work they are doing in the counter-trafficking space click here. To take their online training click below for:

English Version or French Version.


"slavery" VS. "human trafficking"

Excerpt from END SLAVERY NOW blog:

"Language is fundamentally how we as humans communicate meaning. We choose specific words to mean specific things. It is also possible, however, to use specific words and be unaware of the meaning that can be (mis)interpreted from them. In the anti-slavery and anti-trafficking movement, there are two key words that we need to inspect: slavery and trafficking. What are we communicating when we use these words? In essence, what is their meaning?" -Minh Dang

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"VICTIM" VS. "SURVIVOR"

The use of the terms victim and survivor are widely discussed in the counter-trafficking space. Which one is correct? The following links are discussions on the topic from various outlooks. You can engage in our earlier discussion on the topic by clicking here.

BEHIND THE LABEL: WHO AM I, VICTIM OR SURVIVOR - Rachel Waddingham

'VICTIM' VS 'SURVIVOR': FEMINISM AND LANGUAGE - Rahila Gupta

WHY WORDS MATTER: VICTIM V. SURVIVOR - Akhila