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.
Table of Contents
|Trafficking (in) Representations: Understanding the recurring appeal of victimhood and slavery in neoliberal times||PDF HTML|
|Rutvica Andrijasevic, Nicola Mai|
|My Experience is Mine to Tell: Challenging the abolitionist victimhood framework||PDF HTML|
|How to Stage a Raid: Police, media and the master narrative of trafficking||PDF HTML|
|Neoliberal Sexual Humanitarianism and Story-Telling: The case of Somaly Mam||PDF HTML|
|Expelling Slavery from the Nation: Representations of labour exploitation in Australia’s supply chain||PDF HTML|
|‘It’s All in Their Brain’: Constructing the figure of the trafficking victim on the US-Mexico border||PDF HTML|
|Looking Beyond ‘White Slavery’: Trafficking, the Jewish Association, and the dangerous politics of migration control in England, 1890-1910||PDF HTML|
|Captured ‘Realities’ of Human Trafficking: Analysis of photographs illustrating stories on trafficking into the sex industry in Serbian media||PDF HTML|
|Rebooting Trafficking||PDF HTML|
|Nicholas de Villiers|
|The Art of the Possible: Making films on sex work migration and human trafficking||PDF HTML|
The Recurring Appeal of Simplistic Victimhood and Slavery Images: What are the harms? What are the alternatives?
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.
The Lessons of History - Anti-Trafficking Review call for papers
Deadline 8 January 2017
Anxieties about 'human trafficking' have helped to spark a revival of anti-slavery activism over the past two decades, but the precise relationship between what is termed 'trafficking' and what is termed 'modern slavery' is unclear. The UN Trafficking Protocol (2000) states that 'slavery' is just one of several possible outcomes of 'trafficking', while anti-slavery campaigners state that 'trafficking' is just one of a number of different forms of 'modern slavery'. Meanwhile, in political and NGO rhetoric, 'trafficking' is frequently described as a 'modern-day slave trade' and the term 'trafficked persons' often used interchangeably with 'modern slaves'. Anti-trafficking campaign materials also make heavy use of visual tropes alluding to slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. But are such historical references really warranted?
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:
- September 2016: Trafficking Representations, guest edited by Rutvica Andrijasevic and Nicola Mai
- April 2017: Where's the Evidence, guest edited by Sallie Yea
- September 2017: The Lessons of History, guest edited by Julia O'Connell Davidson
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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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