Nov. 29th 2005, on the front page of Norway’s largest newspaper Verdens Gang (VG): next to photos of two young Chinese boys, the title read “Disappeared from Moss – the police fears: TAKEN by human traffickers” . It was the first time VG put a child trafficking case onto its front page. Given the growth of child trafficking both globally and locally in Norway, the attention to the problem is timely, and much needed.
In this thesis I study the coverage of child trafficking in the Norwegian newspapers VG and Klassekampen, aiming at two objectives: (1) to find out what the media have reported about child trafficking and (2) how to explain the reporting from a socio-cultural approach. Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, the thesis demonstrates a strong impact of Norwegian egalitarianism and Orientalism on the media's coverage of child trafficking.
Keywords: child trafficking, egalitarianism, Orientalism, mass media, culture, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, children's rights, children