Vida, derechos y riesgos: las paradojas del tráfico de personas [Life, rights and risks: the paradoxes of human trafficking]

Aradau, Claudia (2009). Vida, derechos y riesgos: las paradojas del tráfico de personas [Life, rights and risks: the paradoxes of human trafficking]. In: Nicolas Lazo, Gemma; Bodelon Gonzalez, Encarnacion and Bergalli, Roberto eds. Género y dominación. Críticas feministas del derecho y el poder. Rubi: Anthropos, pp. 233–246.

Abstract

This chapter shows how the ‘bare life’ of victims of trafficking is not simply an empty space, constituted through negation, but has to be constituted through knowledge and technologies about who the women are, their biographical profiles, their past and their probable future development. Rights are only granted to particular categories of women and only under certain conditions – the assessment of life undermines the political potential of rights and turns them into instruments of abjection.

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