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About Lyndsey P. Beutin

Lyndsey P. Beutin is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation conducts media ethnography of the US State Department’s use of the phrase “modern day slavery” in its multi-platform campaign against human trafficking. She is also an activist for farmworker and prisoner rights.

Articles by Lyndsey P. Beutin

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

How ‘evidence-based’ anti-trafficking campaigns make facts and mismeasure freedom

Sensational, sexualised imagery is often held up as the greatest sin of anti-trafficking awareness campaigns, but bad data masquerading as authoritative fact is far more insidious.

Criminalising traffickers is an alibi for state-produced vulnerability

The US State Department argues that imprisoning human traffickers protects vulnerable farmworkers, but misses the fact that migrant worker vulnerability stems from the precarious conditions the state itself creates.

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