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1st Edition

Sex Trafficking, Human Rights, and Social Justice

Edited By

Tiantian Zheng

ISBN 9780415571821
Published August 27, 2010 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

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 Tiantian Zheng  2. The NGO-ification of the Trafficking Movement in the US: A Case Study of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking Jennifer Lynne Musto  3. When Tragedy Hits: A Concise Socio-Cultural Analysis of Sex Trafficking of Young Iranian Women Sholeh Shahrokhi  4. From Thailand with Love: Transnational Marriage Migration in the Global Care Economy Sine Plambech  5. Beyond Trafficking, Agency and Rights: A Capabilities Perspective on Filipina Experiences of Domestic Work in Paris and Hong Kong Leah Briones  6. Anti-Trafficking Campaign and Karaoke Bar Hostesses in China Tiantian Zheng  7. Postmodern Crisis: Trafficking of Women and Children in Tanzania Elinami V. Swain  8. Invisible Agents, Hollow Bodies: Neoliberal Notions of "Sex Trafficking" from Syracuse to Sarajevo Susan Dewey  9. The Traffic in Voices: Contrasting Experiences of Migrant Women in Prostitution with the Paradigm of Human Trafficking Maybritt Jill Alpes  10. Representing Sex Trafficking in Southeast Asia? The Victim Staged Nicolas Lainez  11. Countering the Trafficking Paradigm: The Role of Family Obligations, Remittance, and Investment Strategies among Migrant Sex Workers in Tijuana, Mexico Yasmina Katsulis and Kathleen Weinkauf

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Tiantian Zheng is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York, Cortland, USA