The recognition of women’s human rights to migrate and work as sex workers is disregarded and dismissed by anti-trafficking discourses of rescue in the latest United Nation’s definition of trafficking.
This volume explores the life experiences, agency, and human rights of trafficked women in order to shed light on the complicated processes in which anti-trafficking, human rights and social justice are intersected. In these articles, the authors critically analyze not only the conflation of trafficking with sex work in international and national discourses and its effects on migrant women, but also the global anti-trafficking policy and the root causes for the undocumented migration and employment. Featuring case studies on eleven countries including the US, Iran, Denmark, Paris, Hong Kong, and south east Asia and offering perspectives from transnational migrant population, the contributors rearticulate the trafficking discourses away from the state control of immigration and the global policing of borders, and reassert the social justice and the needs, agency, and human rights of migrant and working communities.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of politics, gender studies, human rights, migration, sociology and anthropology.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. The NGO-ification of the Anti-Trafficking Movement in the United States Jennifer Lynne Musto 3. Beyond ‘Tragedy’ Sholeh Shahrokhi 4. From Thailand with Love Sine Plambech 5. Beyond the Victim Leah Briones 6. Anti-Trafficking Campaign and Karaoke Bar Hostesses in China Tiantian Zheng 7. Invisible Agents, Hollow Bodies Susan Dewey 8. Escaping Statism Maybritt Jill Alpes 9. Representing Sex Trafficking in Southeast Asia? The Victim Staged Nicolas Lainez 10. Legislating the Trafficking and Slavery of Women and Girls Charlotte Walker 11. Countering the Trafficking Paradigm Yasmina Katsulis, Kate Weinkauf, Elena Frank 12. Between Trafficking Discourses and Sexual agency Adriana Piscitelli 13. So If You Are Not "Nastasha," Who are you? John Davies and Benjamin Davies
Tiantian Zheng is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York, Cortland, USA