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Transnational Crime and Human Rights

Responses to Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Subregion

By Susan Kneebone, Julie Debeljak

© 2012 – Routledge

282 pages

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Transnational Crime and Human Rights offers an evaluation of the responses to the transnational crime of human trafficking and governance of the issue through a case study of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), which comprises Cambodia, the People's Republic of China, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The book analyses the international and national legal policy frameworks and the role of governments, international and national non-governmental institutions, and regional processes in responding to trafficking issues in the GMS. The book is based on the findings of a three year study conducted in the region, involving interviews with more than 60 individuals from relevant organizations and agencies, and examines the social, political and historical factors, including gender and age, labour exploitation and migration which form the background to human trafficking in the GMS. The authors consider issues of competing mandates, and gaps in strategies for protection and conclude with a discussion of broader lessons to be learned from the GMS situation and suggestions for future governance strategies in the fight against trafficking.

Table of Contents

1. The Discourse on Trafficking: Transnational Criminal Justice and Human Rights 2. Anti-Trafficking Discourses and International Migration: the Origins 3. The Greater Mekong Subregion: Discourses and Regional Responses in the 1990s 4. Implementing the Trafficking Protocol in the Greater Mekong Subregion: the Trafficking Definition 5. Prevention and Cooperation in the Greater Mekong Subregion: Compliance, Legitimacy and Norm Re-Enactment 6. Protection of victims of trafficking: Criminal Justice and Human Rights in the Greater Mekong Subregion 7. Conclusion

About the Authors

Susan Kneebone is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at Monash University, Australia; where she teaches Forced Migration and Human Rights, International Refugee Law, Citizenship and Migration Law. Professor Kneebone's current research projects are in relation to the protection of trafficked persons in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and labour migration in Southeast Asia.

Julie Debeljak is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Monash University, Australia. She teaches International Human Rights Law and Comparative Constitutions and Rights. Dr. Debeljak continues to research in the area of trafficking in persons, and has a current research grant for research into the protection of human rights in closed environments.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Emigration & Immigration
LAW / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies