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Challenging the Human Trafficking Narrative, Victims, Villains, and Heroes

Abstract
What is the moral of the human trafficking story, and how can the narrative be shaped and evolved? Stories of human trafficking are prolific in the public domain, proving immensely powerful in guiding our understandings of trafficking, and offering something tangible on which to base policy and action. Yet these stories also misrepresent the problem, establishing a dominant narrative that stifles other stories and fails to capture the complexity of human trafficking. This book deconstructs the human trafficking narrative in public discourse, examining the victims, villains, and heroes of trafficking stories. Sex slaves, exploited workers, mobsters, pimps and johns, consumers, governments, and anti-trafficking activists are all characters in the story, serving to illustrate who is to blame for the problem of trafficking, and how that problem might be solved. Erin O'Brien argues that a constrained narrative of ideal victims, foreign villains, and western heroes dominates the discourse, underpinned by cultural assumptions about gender and ethnicity, and wider narratives of border security, consumerism, and western exceptionalism. Drawing on depictions of trafficking in entertainment and news media, awareness campaigns, and government reports in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, this book will be of interest to criminologists, political scientists, sociologists, and those engaged with human rights activism and the politics of international justice
Table Of Contents
Introduction: the narrative code -- Telling trafficking stories -- From sex slaves to migrant men -- Ideal and invisible victims -- Pimps, johns, and mobsters -- Heroic consumers -- Everyday activists and action heroes -- Government heroes and villains
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Note
Description based upon print version of record
Physical Description
1 online resource (183 pages).
Specific Material Designation
remote
Form Of Item
online
Isbn
9781317510451

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