Trafficking in Women

Sullivan, Barbara (2003) Trafficking in Women. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 5 1: 67-91. doi:10.1080/1461674021000056773

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Author Sullivan, Barbara
Title Trafficking in Women
Journal name International Feminist Journal of Politics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-6742
Publication date 2003-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1461674021000056773
Volume 5
Issue 1
Start page 67
End page 91
Total pages 25
Place of publication London, UK
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
1606 Political Science
Abstract This article examines the new United Nations "Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children', which opened for signature in December 2000. This article presents a feminist analysis of the Trafficking Protocol and of the feminist discourse involved in its development. I begin with an examination of the re-emergence in the 1980s and 1990s of significant feminist concerns about trafficking and prostitution. The two main theoretical positions advanced at this time are explored - radical feminism and sex work feminism. I argue that radical feminist approaches to prostitution and trafficking are fundamentally flawed and that a sex work feminist approach has significant discursive and practical usefulness in advancing the position of both sex workers and victims of trafficking. From this perspective, I then present a feminist critique of the United Nations Trafficking Protocol and conclude that it has some strengths but also some major weaknesses.
Keyword Trafficking
United Nations
International Law
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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