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Societies 2014, 4(4), 532-548; doi:10.3390/soc4040532

“Victims of Trafficking”: The Feminisation of Poverty and Migration in the Gendered Narratives of Human Trafficking

Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
Received: 1 April 2014 / Revised: 11 July 2014 / Accepted: 8 October 2014 / Published: 13 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Inequality and the Global Slave Trade)
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This paper argues that the feminisation of migration has heightened the awareness of human trafficking, yet the feminisation of poverty is a social concept that is yet to be fully understood within the context of human trafficking. The false notion of “return” has been given as a solution to those individuals who are “out of place” or have been displaced as “victims of trafficking”. This article will discuss the Right to Remain visa applications of 12 women who were trafficked from post-Soviet countries to Israel, by examining the impact that gender, level of poverty and each woman’s decision to migrate has had on her life. In addition, this article will analyse the life experiences of the 12 women who experienced human trafficking. It will explore the idea that each woman is a “victim of trafficking” and that, conversely, this may be understood as a means to negate a more nuanced understanding of women’s mobility. Finally, this article will provide an intersectional analysis of trafficking flows in the world today. View Full-Text
Keywords: trafficking; slavery; gender; inequalities; poverty; migration trafficking; slavery; gender; inequalities; poverty; migration
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Russell, A.M. “Victims of Trafficking”: The Feminisation of Poverty and Migration in the Gendered Narratives of Human Trafficking. Societies 2014, 4, 532-548.

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