1st Edition

Child Trafficking in the EU Policing and Protecting Europe’s Most Vulnerable

By Pete Fussey, Paddy Rawlinson Copyright 2017
    230 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing on empirical research conducted with police in the UK and Romania, Child Trafficking in the EU explores the way in which the ‘who’ and ‘how’ we police and protect as trafficker and trafficked is related to Western notions of innocence, guilt, childhood, and of the status of ‘deserving’ victim.

    This book progresses a new theoretical space by linking its analysis to sociologies of mobility, marginalisation and the pluralised rendering of criminalised and victimised ‘others’. This book explores core contextual themes surrounding the commission, response to and origins of child trafficking, and presents empirical research into the investigation of child trafficking within the EU, situating the authors’ findings against broader social, cultural, political, policy and judicial contexts.

    The authors conclude with a synthetisation of the key themes and arguments to situate pan-EU child trafficking within political, criminal justice, organisational, cultural, and social contexts, and consider the degree to which such criminality can be can adequately addressed by current and emerging approaches given such enduring and persistent structural issues. This book will be of interest to scholars and students within the fields of criminology, sociology, political science and law, as well as a key resource for practitioners and activists.


    1. Trafficking: Perspectives and Provocations

    2. Control and the limits of criminalisation

    3. Borderless people in bordered world: the Romani and transnational marginalisation

    4. Collaboration, Cooperation and Conflict: Policing the trafficking of Roma children

    5. Return to Sender: Repatriation and rehabilitation

    6. Conclusions



    Pete Fussey is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK

    Paddy Rawlinson is Associate Professor in International Criminology at the University of Western Sydney, Australia

    "Child trafficking is one of those subjects that does not easily lend itself to the orthodoxies of liberal criminology. However, Fussey and Rawlinson have taken several significant steps beyond the predictable handwringing and reflexive outrage, and engaged with the offenders themselves. When mixed with law enforcement data, the reader is presented with a messy and disturbing reality that really should not be ignored."

    Dick Hobbs, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Essex, UK

    "Fussey and Rawlinson provide a comprehensive discussion on the topic, based on empirical data and case study analysis. Their book not only has the merit of calling for more attention towards a phenomenon which has relevant social and political implications for European societies and EU policies, but it also demonstrates that a topic which has been traditionally investigated by sociologists and criminologists may be of interest to political scientists as well."

    Daniela Irrera, EuropeNow