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


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
Claudia Cojocaru
How to Stage a Raid: Police, media and the master narrative of trafficking PDF HTML
Annie Hill
Neoliberal Sexual Humanitarianism and Story-Telling: The case of Somaly Mam PDF HTML
Heidi Hoefinger
Expelling Slavery from the Nation: Representations of labour exploitation in Australia’s supply chain PDF HTML
Anna Szörényi
‘It’s All in Their Brain’: Constructing the figure of the trafficking victim on the US-Mexico border PDF HTML
Gabriella Sanchez
Looking Beyond ‘White Slavery’: Trafficking, the Jewish Association, and the dangerous politics of migration control in England, 1890-1910 PDF HTML
Rachael Attwood
Captured ‘Realities’ of Human Trafficking: Analysis of photographs illustrating stories on trafficking into the sex industry in Serbian media PDF HTML
Elena Krsmanovic
Rebooting Trafficking PDF HTML
Nicholas de Villiers
The Art of the Possible: Making films on sex work migration and human trafficking PDF HTML
Sine Plambech

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