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Sex Work & Trafficking

Sex Work & Trafficking

"A major Irish investigation has failed to find proof of people-smuggling, puncturing the ‘new slavery’ scare." Natalie Rothschild examines the controversy around anti-trafficking initiatives driven by politics and the negative impact this is having on sex workers around the world.

Media coverage of trafficking of women and children, migration and sex work is confused and inaccurate. Media wrongly uses the terms ‘sex work’ and ‘trafficking’ synonymously, perpetuating stereotypes and stigmatisation and contributing to the violation of women’s right to free movement and livelihood options, say these authors.

In this commentary, I examine several theoretical and methodological flaws in this literature, both generally and with regard to three recent articles in Violence Against Women. The articles in question are by Jody Raphael and Deborah Shapiro (2004), Melissa Farley (2004), and Janice Raymond (2004). At least two of the authors (Farley and Raymond) are activists involved in the antiprostitution campaign...

The Metropolitan Police and the legalised kidnapping of 10 Roma children suggests the anti-trafficking industry is the greatest threat to migrants.

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