Trafficking: new slave trade or moral panic?

Human trafficking has been labelled a ‘modern-day slave trade’. Yet there is little evidence out there, is this because it’s a hidden crime? Critics say it’s a misleading label, which refers to diverse forms of migration and employment and the best way to help migrants avoid taking dangerous journeys is to open the borders. ‘Rescuers’ it’s argued compel migrants to present themselves as victims. Leading sex workers’ rights activists claim trafficking has become a powerful tool for prostitution abolitionists to win wider support for a clampdown on the sex industry as a whole. This powerful debate was filmed at the Battle of Ideas. Panelists include Laura Agustin. (2010-57:51 min)

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Other Works

FIRST Community Forum, Pt. 2 of 4 – Julie Ham
‘Undeserving victims?’ – Webinar Launch of Report on Migrant Sex Workers Victim of Crime in Europe
Caught in the Carceral Web: Anti-Trafficking Laws and Policies & their Impact on Migrant Sex Workers

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