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Special Issue—Trafficking Representations

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages208
JournalAnti-Trafficking Review
Issue number7
Early online date29 Sep 2016
DateAccepted/In press - 28 Jun 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print - 29 Sep 2016
DatePublished (current) - 29 Sep 2016


Representations of human trafficking, forced labour and ‘modern slavery’ are pervasive within media, policymaking, and humanitarian interventions and campaigns. This issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review explores the ways in which some representations erase the complexity in the life trajectories of people who have experienced trafficking, as well as those who are migrants, women, sex workers and others labelled as victims or ‘at-risk’ of trafficking.

Contributions in this issue examine visual material and narratives through which trafficking and its victims are represented in film, TV, newspapers and public discourse. The articles investigate representations in Australia, Cambodia, Nigeria, Serbia, Denmark, UK, and USA. Ultimately, this special issue highlights the fact that stereotypical trafficking representations conveniently distract the global public from their increasing and shared day-to-day exploitability as workers because of the systematic erosion of labour rights globally. Crucially, the issue also discusses positive alternatives and how to represent trafficking differently.

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  • Gender Research Group
  • Perspectives on Work
  • Global Political Economy
  • Migration Mobilities Bristol

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