Human trafficking captured the attention of the global community well over a decade ago, inspiring multifarious international, national, regional and local responses. While formally recognized as one of the major threats associated with transnational organized crime, human trafficking remains an issue about which much has been written and yet little is known or supported by empirical evidence.
The essays selected for this volume reflect four key areas of debate: the transnational organized crime framework; the data and research landscape; the implementation of anti-trafficking responses; and the articulation of alternative responses to human trafficking. These essays are written by well-known and more recent contributors to this field of research. The collection draws attention to contemporary arguments as well as recent empirical research, and points to the importance of contextualizing human trafficking within both the global and local setting. This volume reflects where human trafficking data, research and debate is currently located and where it is heading, and as such is of interest to academics, students, policymakers and practitioners.
Contents: Introduction; Part I Analysing the Framework: (Un)popular strangers and crises (un)bounded: discourses of sex-trafficking, the European political community and the panicked state of the modern state, Jacqueline Berman; The perverse politics of four-letter words: risk and pity in the securitisation of human trafficking, Claudia Aradau; Child trafficking or teenage migration? Bolivian migrants in Argentina, Tanja Bastia; Trafficking and transnational organised crime, Maggie Lee. Part II Data on Human Trafficking: What We Know, How We Know It and Implications: The illusiveness of counting ‘victims’ and the concreteness of ranking countries: trafficking in persons from Colombia to Japan, Kay B. Warren; Data on human trafficking: challenges and policy context, Jo Goodey; Images and evidence: human trafficking, auditing and the production of illicit markets in Southeast Asia and beyond, Johan Lindquist; Representing trafficking: media in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada, Giris J. 'Jeff' Gulati; Comparative models of reporting mechanisms on the status of trafficking in human beings, Mohamed Y. Mattar. Part III Implementing Counter-Trafficking Strategies: Human trafficking, information campaigns, and strategies of migration control, Céline Nieuwenhuys and Antoine Pécoud; Where are all the victims? Understanding the determinants of official identification of human trafficking incidents, Amy Farrell, Jack McDevitt and Stephanie Fahy; Human trafficking and legal culture, David Nelken; Repatriation: returning women home, Marie Segrave, Sanja Milivojevic and Sharon Pickering. Part IV Alternative Frameworks: Beyond a snapshot: preventing human trafficking in the global economy, Janie Chuang; The human rights quagmire of ‘human trafficking’, James C. Hathaway; Human rights and human trafficking: Quagmire or firm ground? A response to James Hathaway, Anne T. Gallagher; Name index.