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The Perfect Business? Anti-Trafficking and the Sex Trade along the Mekong$
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Sverre Molland

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836108

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836108.001.0001

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The Tenacity of the Market Metaphor

The Tenacity of the Market Metaphor

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(p.228) Conclusion The Tenacity of the Market Metaphor
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The Perfect Business? Anti-Trafficking and the Sex Trade along the Mekong
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Sverre Molland

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836108.003.0009

This book has shown that anti-traffickers have a tendency to draw attention away from the social world in which they are attempting to intervene, even when it is literally right in front of them. More specifically, it has demonstrated the disconnect between the circulation of forms of knowledge between trafficking discourse, the local context of the Thai–Lao sex industry, and the anti-traffickers. In other words, the metalanguage produced discursively by the anti-trafficking sector differs from the actual unfolding of sex commerce and recruitment on the ground. Whereas trafficking discourse typically insists on a legal-economistic language, attention is perpetually driven away from what is essential for understanding trafficking along the Thai–Lao border—that is, social relationships and the social embeddedness of practice. This concluding chapter discusses some important insights that can be drawn from the book's findings.

Keywords:   anti-traffickers, knowledge, trafficking, sex commerce, anti-trafficking, recruitment, Thai–Lao border, social relationships, sex industry

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