The Social Construction of Sex Trafficking: Ideology and Institutionalization of a Moral Crusade
Politics & Society, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 447-475, September 2007
30 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 3, 2011
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 either problematic, unsubstantiated, or demonstrably false. The analysis documents the increasing endorsement and institutionalization of crusade ideology in U.S. government policy and practice.
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