Dialectical Anthropology

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 183–194 | Cite as

Sex trafficking, captivity, and narrative: constructing victimhood with the goal of salvation

  • Claudia Cojocaru

In the past 15 years, sex trafficking has gained tremendous media exposure and triggered a global abolitionist movement directed by an unlikely coalition of American Evangelical Christians and Radical Feminists (Bernstein 2007, 2010). One of the unfortunate consequences of this attention is that labor migration for sexual commerce is increasingly depicted as sex trafficking and women’s unregulated movement across borders is interpreted as sexual and economic exploitation, human trafficking, and even criminal conduct by mainstream media and governmental institutions. The human trafficking definitions employed by the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children and its counterpart issued by the United States Congress, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, support a politically conservative agenda on migration and trafficking in human beings, with patriarchal emphasis placed on women and children. This has enabled the...


Sexual Exploitation Human Trafficking Commercial Sexual Exploitation Chattel Slavery Abolitionist Movement 
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  1. 1.New YorkUSA

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