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.
"This book is an important contribution to an understanding of migration, warts
and all, in Southeast Asia…In all, the book is an informative and stimulating collection of papers." - Chris Manning, The Australian National University, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies
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