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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  

Ronald Weitzer

George Washington University - Department of Sociology

Date Written: July 3, 2011

Abstract

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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Weitzer, Ronald, The Social Construction of Sex Trafficking: Ideology and Institutionalization of a Moral Crusade (July 3, 2011). Politics & Society, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 447-475, September 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1877986

Ronald Weitzer (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Department of Sociology ( email )

United States

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