Labelling the Victims of Sex Trafficking: Exploring the Borderland between Rhetoric and Reality

Posted: 19 Nov 2011

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Michelle Madden Dempsey

Villanova University School of Law

Mary Bosworth

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law; University of Oxford - Border Criminologies

Carolyn Hoyle

University of Oxford - Centre for Criminological Research

Date Written: November 1, 2011

Abstract

In this article we discuss findings from a small scoping study into the experiences of victims of trafficking and those who work with them. We use testimonies from our interviews to examine issues of choice, slavery and escape. We challenge some of the current language and terminology in the literature on trafficking and call for a more nuanced appreciation of the relationship between agency and victimization.

Keywords: Trafficking, Prostitution, Victims, Women

Suggested Citation

Dempsey, Michelle Madden and Bosworth, Mary and Hoyle, Carolyn, Labelling the Victims of Sex Trafficking: Exploring the Borderland between Rhetoric and Reality (November 1, 2011). Social & Legal Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3, p. 313, 2011, Villanova Law/Public Policy Research Paper No. 2011-20, Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship Research Paper No. 1961697, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1961697

Michelle Madden Dempsey (Contact Author)

Villanova University School of Law ( email )

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Villanova, PA 19085
United States

Mary Bosworth

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

University of Oxford - Border Criminologies ( email )

Manor Road Building
Manor Rd
Oxford, OX1 3UQ
United Kingdom

Carolyn Hoyle

University of Oxford - Centre for Criminological Research ( email )

12 Bevington Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6LH
United Kingdom

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