Anti-Trafficking Review


No 7 (2016): Special Issue—Trafficking Representations

Guest Editors: Rutvica Andrijasevic and Nicola Mai

Representations of human trafficking, forced labour and ‘modern slavery’ are pervasive within media, policymaking, and humanitarian interventions and campaigns. This issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review explores the ways in which some representations erase the complexity in the life trajectories of people who have experienced trafficking, as well as those who are migrants, women, sex workers and others labelled as victims or ‘at-risk’ of trafficking.

Contributions in this issue examine visual material and narratives through which trafficking and its victims are represented in film, TV, newspapers and public discourse. The articles investigate representations in Australia, Cambodia, Nigeria, Serbia, Denmark, UK, and USA. Ultimately, this special issue highlights the fact that stereotypical trafficking representations conveniently distract the global public from their increasing and shared day-to-day exploitability as workers because of the systematic erosion of labour rights globally. Crucially, the issue also discusses positive alternatives and how to represent trafficking differently.

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Table of Contents

Articles

Rutvica Andrijasevic, Nicola Mai
Claudia Cojocaru
Annie Hill
Heidi Hoefinger
Anna Szörényi
Gabriella Sanchez
Rachael Attwood
Elena Krsmanovic
Nicholas de Villiers
Sine Plambech

Announcements

 

Life after Trafficking – Anti-Trafficking Review Call for Papers

 

Deadline 9 July 2017

Media, policymakers and NGOs typically focus on the horrors of life in trafficking and ‘rescuing’ trafficked persons, but much less attention is paid to life after trafficking. Social workers, attorneys, service providers and trafficked persons know all too well the poverty and legal limbo that many experience after exiting a situation of exploitation. The idyllic picture of life after trafficking is that of survivors being returned home and reunited with their family, despite the fact that familial conflicts and lack of opportunities might have pushed them to leave in the first place. While some states offer legal and social assistance, others deport trafficked migrants or coerce them into shelters or ‘rehabilitation centres’ where they languish for months or years. Reintegration and ‘life skills training’ programmes are often patronising, inadequate to local labour markets and cannot ensure a living wage. Nearly all trafficked persons are left high and dry when it comes to economic assistance and compensation. Yet these ‘unsexy’ aspects of trafficking go unreported in the media and unchampioned by politicians. 

 
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The Recurring Appeal of Simplistic Victimhood and Slavery Images: What are the harms? What are the alternatives?

 

Launch of Issue 7 of the Anti-Trafficking Review 'Trafficking Representations

Representations of human trafficking, forced labour and 'modern slavery' are pervasive within media, policymaking, and humanitarian interventions and campaigns. This issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review explores the ways in which some representations erase the complexity in the life trajectories of people who have experienced trafficking, as well as those who are migrants, women, sex workers and others labelled as victims or 'at-risk' of trafficking.

 
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Anti-Trafficking Review

The Anti-Trafficking Review promotes a human rights based approach to anti-trafficking. It explores trafficking in its broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migrant rights. The Review offers an outlet and space for dialogue between academics, practitioners and advocates seeking to communicate new ideas and findings to those working for and with trafficked persons.

Each issue relates to an emerging or overlooked theme in the field of human trafficking.  The Review’s focus is global in nature, exploring micro and macro levels of anti-trafficking responses and the commonalities, differences and disconnects in between. Each issue features a Debate Section in which two or more sides of a contentious issue are presented.

The Review presents rigorously considered, peer reviewed material in clear English. The journal is an open access, academic publication with a readership in over 100 countries. The Review publishes two issues per year since 2015.

Forthcoming Special Issues:

  • April 2017: Where's the Evidence, guest edited by Sallie Yea
  • September 2017: The Lessons of History, guest edited by Julia O'Connell Davidson
  • April 2018: Life after Trafficking, guest edited by Denise Brennan and Sine Plambech

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The Anti-Trafficking Review is published by the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), an alliance of over 80 NGOs worldwide focused on advancing the human rights of migrants and trafficked persons.

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'a journal that is seeking to move things forward through new ideas and a genuine commitment to dialogue' - Anne T. Gallagher, Independent scholar and legal advisor

'The Anti-Trafficking Review is clear about the current issues, the complications of the subject and contemporary global dialogues--it is leading versus following and recording. That is a REAL strength of your journal.' - Cathy Zimmerman, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

'The Review is a platform for academics and practitioners, providing a space in which practitioners have the chance to influence the academic thinking around trafficking and vice versa.' - Nicola Piper, University of Sydney