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Social Networks Analysis

Human Trafficking Hotspot Mapping.

human trafficking hotspots mapping

An investigation into alleged human trafficking hotspots mentioned across social media platforms.

Amid concerns about human trafficking in South Africa, citizens used social media to protest against individuals perceived to be fuelling such practices. These interventions were driven by a variety of impulses. These ranged from apparently genuine concerns to potential misinformation.
The iLAB analysed tweets under the hashtags #HumanTrafficking and #PutSouthAfricansFirst.
We observed sporadic spikes of the tweets under the hashtags on 21 and 27 September 2020. The analysis also revealed two key themes originating from the conversations on social media;
- Hotspot locations vs ‘fake news’ narrative; and
- Xenophobic-centred conversations.

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