Challenging the Human Trafficking Narrative

Challenging the Human Trafficking Narrative : Victims, villains, and heroes

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Stories of human trafficking have been prolific in public forums in recent decades and have proved immensely powerful, captivating the public's attention, and spurring political leaders to act with the establishment of international conventions and national legislation. The problem with these stories is not that they are untrue, but that they offer a limited narrative that stifles other stories, and fails to give the whole picture of human trafficking. This book deconstructs stories of human trafficking that dominate public discourse, revealing the political, social and cultural assumptions that underpin the central trafficking narrative. This book moves beyond a repetition of stories of trafficking and offers an extensive deconstruction of not only the stories themselves, but the political implications of the chosen narrative. In doing so, it aims to demonstrate the dangers inherent in failing to understand the complexities of the trafficking problem, and emphasise implications for policy-making in relying on simplistic, uncritiqued more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138858978
  • 9781138858978

Table of contents

1. Introduction, 2. Ideal and idealised victims, 3. Conflicting victim narratives, 4. Pimps, johns, and mobsters, 5. Consumers in the chain of trafficking, 6. The Rescue Industry, 7. Legislators - compassionate or complicit, 8. Conclusionshow more