Deportation: Challenging the Caribbean’s Anti-trafficking Policy

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Human trafficking has become more recognized as an issue of global concern. The idea of vulnerable women, men, and children forced to work under deplorable conditions for an interminable amount of time is of serious concern. Although there are many dimensions to human trafficking, including forced labor, this chapter will be focusing on one particular element of human trafficking, that of sex trafficking in the Caribbean, which has garnered recent attention. The chapter explores the importance of developing an evidence-based policy in tackling sex trafficking in the region. It argues that the punitive practice of deportation put in place by Caribbean governments does nothing more than punishing victims of sex trafficking. The chapter consequently argues that the use of ethnographic case studies can inform critical policy and practices by giving a voice to these vulnerable women and their stories to support the development of more nuanced targeted policies and practice aimed at reducing exploitation and trafficking.


Caribbean Migration sex work sex trafficking Post-colonialism Discourse Ethnography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work and PsychologyUniversity of the West IndiesCave HillBarbados

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