Economies of Violence: Transnational Feminism, Postsocialism, and the Politics of Sex Trafficking
Freedom as Choice and the Neoliberal Economism of Trafficking Discourse
2015. "Freedom as Choice and the Neoliberal Economism of Trafficking Discourse", Economies of Violence: Transnational Feminism, Postsocialism, and the Politics of Sex Trafficking, Jennifer Suchland
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In recent years there has been more research on how human trafficking operates like a market. For example, Intergovernmental organizations like the un and the International Labour Organization are conducting research on the profits generated by human trafficking and how it operates like a market. In addition, governments as well as antitrafficking advocates are promoting programs that take a market approach. This chapter provides an analysis of the assumptions behind these economic analyses and approaches to human trafficking. It is argued that a market approach to antitrafficking perpetuates neoliberal values such as individual choice and entrepreneurship. These values obscure unjust and violent economic policies/structures. Governments are the main authors of economic policies, yet they remain uncritical of the very policies that produce the dynamics of precarious labor and human trafficking.