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Rutvica Andrijasevic

In: The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory

Chapter 21: The Figure of the Trafficked Victim: Gender, Rights and Representation

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The Figure of the Trafficked Victim: Gender, Rights and Representation
The figure of the trafficked victim: Gender, rights and representation
RutvicaAndrijasevic
Introduction

During the last two decades, critical scholars in gender, migration and post-colonial studies have been engaged in attempting to dislodge the figure of the sex trafficking victim from its position of primacy in public, policy and academic debates. This is the figure of a young, innocent and foreign woman tricked into prostitution abroad. She is battered and under continuous surveillance so that her only hope is in police rescue. In the words of Jo Doezema, one of the earliest critics of the media imaginary of trafficking, representation of sex trafficking is centred on ‘the paradigmatic image of a young and naïve innocent lured or deceived by ...

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