Migration & Trafficking

The Countertraffickers: Rescuing the Victims of the Global Sex Trade

Stella Rotaru’s cell-phone number is scribbled on the wall of a women’s jail in Dubai. That’s what a former inmate told her, and Rotaru does get a lot of calls from Dubai, including some from jail. But she gets calls from many odd places—as well as faxes, e-mails, and text messages—pretty much non-stop...

Data and Research on Human Trafficking

A collection of research papers published by the International Organisation for Migration in 2005, specifically addressing major gaps and shortcomings in existing research on trafficking, including poor evaluation of anti-trafficking measures and a focus on trafficking for sexual exploitation, neglecting other forms of trafficking.

Hit & Run: Sex Workers' Research on Anti trafficking in Thailand

A moving report on the impact of anti trafficking policy and practice on Sex Worker’s Human Rights in Thailand, by the Empower Foundation.

In Whose Name?

Migration and Trafficking in the UK Sex Industry: delivering social interventions between myths and reality.

Migrant Workers in the UK Sex Industry

A report based on interviews with 100 migrant sex workers in the London area, directed by Dr Nick Mai of the Institute for the Study of European Transformations, London Metropolitan University.

Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

'Sex at the Margins' explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, "Sex at the Margins" provides a radically different analysis.

Susie Bright interviews Laura Agustín.

The Myth of the Migrant: interview with Laura Maria Agustín.

Sex Trafficking: The Abolitionist Fallacy

Economic hardship, discrimination, and violence have driven millions of women to work in the sex sector around the world, and their numbers will increase as a result of the current global economic crisis. Unless the underlying factors pushing women to opt for selling sex to support themselves and their families are remedied, many women will continue to have few other options. 

Sex work is not trafficking

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects' briefing paper looking at “how sex workers experience the current conflation of trafficking, sex work, migration and mobility and why it must be stopped.”

A summary of the full briefing paper is available here.

The Social Construction of Sex Trafficking

The issue of sex trafficking has become increasingly politicized in recent years due to the efforts of an influential moral crusade. This article examines the social construction of sex trafficking (and prostitution more generally) in the discourse of leading activists and organizations within the crusade, and concludes that the central claims are problematic, unsubstantiated, or demonstrably false.

The 'White Slavery' Panic

In 1907 a group of evangelicals visited Chicago’s Everleigh Club brothel, where they handed out leaflets that said, “No ‘white slave’ need remain in slavery in this State of Abraham Lincoln who made the black slaves free.” According to the Illinois poet Edgar Lee Masters, an Everleigh Club regular, “the girls laughed in their faces.”