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Type: Artigo
Title: Revitalizing Imperialism: Contemporary Campaigns Against Sex Trafficking And Modern Slavery
Author: Kempadoo K.
Abstract: In Canada today the issue of human trafficking is high on the public agenda. A variety of activities are included under the rubric, including “homegrown” or domestic prostitution, where crossing either national or internal borders is not a requisite for state definitions of trafficking. Canada does not stand alone in this attention for an expansive definition of human trafficking. Globally, sex work/prostitution, “sex trafficking,” child labour, undocumented migrant labour, and “modern slavery” are integral to hegemonic discourses on “the horrors” of human trafficking. In this paper I look more closely at three prominent campaigns that sustain this discourse and discuss some of the work that these campaigns do. I argue that a closer examination makes visible a twenty first century version of the “white man’s burden” supported by contemporary western, corporate, neoliberal interests, through which the unfettered exploitation and abuse of working people’s lives and labour continues. So, rather than getting to “the bottom of things,” I argue here that dominant discourses on human trafficking tend to obfuscate structural problems and revitalize imperialism in new ways. © 2016, Universidade Estadual de Campinas UNICAMP. All rights reserved.
Subject: Humanitarian Campaigns
Modern Slavery
Sex Trafficking
Editor: Universidade Estadual de Campinas UNICAMP
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/18094449201600470008
Date Issue: 2016
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