Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex, Work, and Human Rights / Edition 1

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Overview

Trafficking and prostitution are widely believed to be synonymous, and to be leading international crimes. This collection argues against such sensationalism and advances carefully considered and grounded alternatives for understanding transnational migrations, forced labor, sex work, and livelihood strategies under new forms of globalization. From their long-term engagements as anti-trafficking advocates, the authors unpack the contemporary international debate on trafficking. They maintain that rather than a new 'white slave trade,' we are witnessing today, more broadly, an increase in the violation of the rights of freedom of movement, decent employment, and social and economic security. Critical examinations of state anti-trafficking interventions, including the US-led War on Trafficking, also reveal links to a broader attack on undocumented migrants, tribal and aboriginal peoples, poor women, men and children, and sex workers. The book sheds new light on everyday circumstances, popular discourses, and strategies for survival under twenty-first century economic and political conditions, with a focus on Asia, but with lessons globally.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594510977
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: Transnational Feminist Studies
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,353,903
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kamala Kempadoo, Professor in Social Science at York University, Canada, is the author of Sexing the Caribbean: Gender, Race and Sexual Labor (2004) and Global Sex Workers: Rights, Resistance, and Redefinition (1998).
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Table of Contents

Introduction : from moral panic to global justice : changing perspectives on trafficking
1 Unpacking the trafficking discourse 3
2 Cross-border movements and the law : renogotiating the boundaries of difference 25
3 Miles away : the trouble with prevention in the greater Mekong sub-region 43
4 Reflections by an anti-trafficking activist 65
5 From anti-trafficking to social discipline; or, the changing role of "women's" NGOs in Taiwan 83
6 Trafficking in lives : how ideology shapes policy 107
7 The myth of Nepal-to-India sex trafficking : its creation, its maintenance, and its influence on anti-trafficking interventions 127
8 Sex workers' rights organizations and anti-trafficking campaigns 149
9 Migration, trafficking, and sites of work : rights and vulnerabilities 159
10 Feminist participatory action research in the Mekong region 175
11 Using a dynamic, interactive, and participatory process to develop and redefine the human trafficking paradigm in Bangladesh 199
12 Trafficked persons or economic migrants? : Bangladeshis in India 211
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