1st Edition

Labour Migration and Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia Critical Perspectives

Edited By Michele Ford, Lenore Lyons, Willem van Schendel Copyright 2012
    190 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Since the signing of the UN Trafficking Protocol, anti-trafficking laws, policies and other initiatives have been implemented at the local, national and regional levels. These activities have received little scholarly attention. This volume aims to begin to fill this gap by documenting the micro-processes through which an anti-trafficking framework has been translated, implemented and resisted in mainland and island Southeast Asia. The detailed ethnographic accounts in this collection examine the everyday practices of the diverse range of actors involved in trafficking-like practices and in anti-trafficking initiatives. In demonstrating how the anti-trafficking framework has become influential – and even over-determining – in some border sites and yet remains mostly irrelevant in others, the chapters in this collection explore the complex connections between labour migration, migrant smuggling and human trafficking.

    1. Labour Migration and Human Trafficking Michele Ford, Lenore Lyons and Willem van Schendel  2. Agency by Proxy: Women and the Human Trafficking Discourse in the Philippines Jorge Tigno  3. International Politics, Anti-Trafficking Measures and Sex Work in Cambodia Larissa Sandy  4. The Inexorable Quest for Trafficking Hotspots Along the Thai-Lao Border Sverre Molland  5. Counter-Trafficking and Migrant Labour Activism in Indonesia’s Periphery Michele Ford and Lenore Lyons  6. Trafficking ‘Not-Spot’ in a China-Vietnam Border Town Zhang Juan  7. Territorial Sovereignty and Trafficking in the Indonesia-Malaysia Borderlands Michael Eilenberg  8. Exploitation and Escape: Journeys Across the Burma-Thailand Frontier Nicholas Farrelly  9. Discretion and the Trafficking-like Practices of the Indonesian State Wayne Palmer


    Willem van Schendel is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He is author of several books, including A History of Bangladesh (Cambridge University Press 2009) and The Bengal Borderland: Beyond State and Nation in South Asia (Anthem Press 2005)

    Lenore Lyons is an Honorary Associate in the Department of Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney. Recognized as the leading scholar on the feminist movement in Singapore, she recently completed a major study of citizenship, identity and sovereignty in the Riau Islands of Indonesia

    Michele Ford is Associate Professor of Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney, where she teaches and researches about social activism and human rights in Southeast Asia. She is the author of Workers and Intellectuals: NGOs, Trade Unions and the Indonesian Labour Movement (NUS/Hawaii/KITLV 2009)