Sex trafficking in Cambodia: Fabricated numbers versus empirical evidence

An article in Crime, Law and Social Change Volume 56, Number 5, 443-46.

‘In Whose Name? Migration, Sex Work and Trafficking’

A London seminar will explore the relationship between migration, the sex industry and trafficking in the UK by presenting the findings of the ESRC-funded ‘Migrant Workers in the UK Sex Industry’, led by Dr Nick Mai, Institute for the Study of European Transformations at London Metropolitan University.

MONDAY 31 OCTOBER 2011, 3pm to 6pm
London Metropolitan University, Libeskind Building, 166-220 Holloway Road London N7 8DB

Verbal Abuse: Anti-Trafficking Rhetoric and Violence Against Women

Sherief Gaber offers a fascinating and thorough analysis of anti-trafficking rhetoric and the ideology and actions it drives.


Myths About Human Trafficking

In an article in the Huffington Post US academic Ronald Weitzer provides a clear explanation of why the claims being made about sex trafficking by celebrities, charities, UN and government agencies should not be taken at face value.

Human Trafficking and Development: The Role of Microfinance

One of the very few articles that relates sex work and income generation. Drawing on very little evidence it suggests that microfinance can contribute towards addressing the problems of human trafficking through "(i) Income generation and job creation; (ii) Education; (iii) Vocational skills training; (iv) Family wellbeing; (v) Awareness raising; and (vi) Advocacy."

Occupational health and safety among commercial sex workers

Review : Ross, Crisp, Månsson and Hawkes have published “Occupational Health and Safety Among Commercial Sex Workers” in the latest ‘online first’ edition of the Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment and Health. At first look the article  appears to be a welcome contribution to efforts to place sex work within the realm of labour and outside what the piece itself terms “moral discourses that ignore, devalue, or condemn commercial sex workers” (page 1). However it also disappoints in fundamental respects. Its contribution to strategies for improving sex worker OHS is limited and the suggestions for legal reform seem to betray the authors’ ambivalence about the existence of the industry itself.

The safety of migrant and local sex workers: preparing for London 2012

In the run up to the 2012 Olympics in London, there has been talk of the potential influx of vulnerable sex workers from other countries. Newspapers report that ‘vice girls hope to strike gold’ and the Metropolitan Police received an extra £600 000 in 2009 to ‘rescue young women sold into prostitution’ to meet the demand from the construction workers and visitors to the games, but have admitted that they have not actually noticed any increase in trafficking. 

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers provides this window on the internet for all the issues affecting male, female and transgender sex workers in the region that is home to half of the population of the world.

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