1st Edition

The Fight Against Child Trafficking Breaking the Cycle of Structural Violence

By Élisa Narminio Copyright 2023
    384 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book analyzes the contemporary effects of anti-trafficking policies on children trafficked for labour.

    It explores different dimensions of private and public apparatuses through which the governmentality of child trafficking manifests itself at a regional and interregional level. It investigates questions linked to the diffusion of the child trafficking norm between and within regions and stakeholders; to the criminalization and vulnerabilization of child traffickees; and to private governance of anti-trafficking initiatives, in particular concerning social sustainability of business supply chains. Drawing on extensive fieldwork with government, police, justice, civil society, multilateral organizations, and businesses in the EU and in ASEAN, the book argues that child traffickees are subjected not only to physical and psychological violence but also to structural violence. The book concludes with suggestions to improve current anti-trafficking regimes.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars, students, and practitioners in EU Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Regionalism, Human Rights, Law, International Relations, and International Political Economy.

    Chapters 3, 6, and the Conclusion of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    The Fight against Child Trafficking: An Introduction

    Part 1: Global Governance of the Child Trafficking Norm: Constructions, Politics and Meanings-in-use

    1. Constructing a global prohibition regime on child trafficking: Of deviance, defiance and poor kids

    2. Performing the norm, from global to local: The case for a child trafficking norm cluster

    Part 2: Paradoxes of Public Governance: The Structural Violence of the Anti-trafficking Apparatus in the EU and ASEAN

    3. The apparatus of child protection: "Letting die" the trafficking victims

    4. The migration apparatus and child trafficking: The capture of youth labour migrants

    Part 3: The Private Sector and Child Trafficking: Structural Violence of Global Value Chains in the EU and ASEAN 

    5. Child Trafficking Inc.: MNEs’ business models and loci of exploitation

    6. The road to Anti-Trafficking Inc.: Transformative tipping points for socially sustainable global value chains

    General Conclusion: Brewing Favourable Winds


    Élisa Narminio is a Policy Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and a tenured professeure agrégée in INALCO’s International Relations and International Business Departments, France.