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Sex, slaves and citizens: the politics of anti-trafficking

Anderson, Bridget and Andrijasevic, Rutvica (2008). Sex, slaves and citizens: the politics of anti-trafficking. Soundings, 2008(40) pp. 135–145.

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Abstract

“Bonded labourers”, “sex slaves”, “victims of organized crime”. Identified as victims of trafficking, these are the terms commonly used to describe migrant women and men in abusive labour relations/conditions in the UK. In this text we argue that the lack of definitional clarity and the constant slippage between “illegal immigration”, “forced prostitution”, and “trafficking” diverts attention from the role of the state in constructing poor work and vulnerable workers. In discussing trafficking in relation to the politics of sex, the politics of labour, and the politics of citizenship, we bring the state back into the analysis of trafficking, and show that the language of trafficking needs to be recognised as part of a more general attempt to depoliticise migration and struggles over citizenship.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2008 Unknown
ISSN: 1362-6620
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 12650
Depositing User: Rutvica Andrijasevic
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2008 09:15
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2012 23:04
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/12650
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