Labelling the victims of sex trafficking: Exploring the borderland between rhetoric and reality


Author(s)Hoyle, Carolyn, Mary Bosworth and Michelle Dempsey
Title Labelling the victims of sex trafficking: Exploring the borderland between rhetoric and reality   
Source Social & Legal Studies, Vol 20, No.3, 2011, pp 313-329
Date 2011
Document type Journal article 
Coverage United Kingdom
Summary This article examines elements of human trafficking through a small study into the experiences of victims of sex trafficking and the people who work with them.   It questions the popular characterisation of sex trafficking by governments, human rights organisations and the media, as 'modern day slavery.'   It argues that the language of slavery is perhaps unhelpful to a more thorough understanding of sex trafficking, including the reasons why some women initially agree to being trafficked, and calls for a more nuanced reflection of the issue through language.  
Keywords Sexual assault; trafficking; prostitution; sex trafficking; human trafficking; slavery
Topic Sexual assault