Sensationalism is a journalistic approach that uses shocking stories, images, and language that grab public attention at the expense of accuracy. This is unfortunately a common practice in representation of human trafficking and its victims. Though it is often done with good intentions to attempt to entice public involvement, this practice can be harmful to both the movement and the survivors of trafficking.

It can mislead and misinform the general public. It also can be harmful to victims/survivors because it misrepresents their experiences by focusing on the most shocking and horrific aspects of their experiences, rather than their triumphs and strengths. In addition, images and stories of trauma can be particularly triggering or re-traumatize people who have already be victimized by others.

Honoring the Task Force's commitment to implementing a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach, we aim to avoid the use of sensational stories and representation. 


The Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force is committed to portraying the crime of human trafficking, along with portraying victim and survivor trafficking experiences, in an honest and respectful way. The Task Force strives to use authentic, empowering, and respectful content surrounding human trafficking.

If you notice content written, shared, or endorsed by the Task Force that you find exploitative, stereotyping, triggering, traumatizing, unrepresentative, etc. of human trafficking, please share your feedback with us.