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|
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