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Free Content Editorial Introduction: The Politics of Human Trafficking

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In the twenty-first century, few issues command the public attention as powerfully as that of human trafficking. Dickensian images of voiceless children and powerless women caught in traps of violence and exploitation mix with newspaper accounts of illicit cartels and the ruthless brutality that underpin their trade. At the policy level the focus is no less intense: decried by President Bush as one of the great ‘evils’ of modern times, a staggering 900 institutions are registered around the world as involved in the global effort to fight the traffic in people. The ‘war on trafficking,’ it seems, is a contemporary global imperative and the proliferation of anti-trafficking campaigns, the promulgation of recent international and regional conventions, and the new opportunities created by the global economy for extra-legal migrations have ensured that trafficking will remain firmly on the political and social agenda for the foreseeable future. ...

Document Type: Editorial

Publication date: April 1, 2008

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