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

Sverre Molland


For those at the high end of the trafficking chain, the sex trade is an alluring and lucrative business: the supply of girls is constant, the costs of operations are low, and interference from law enforcement is weak to non-existent. Anti-trafficking organizations and governments commonly appropriate such market metaphors of supply and demand as they struggle with the moral?political dimensions of a business involving trade, labor, prostitution, migration, and national borders. But is the sex trade really the perfect business? This book examines the social worlds and interrelationships of traf ... More

Keywords: trafficking, sex trade, anti-trafficking, prostitution, migration, national borders, traffickers, victims, Thai-Lao border

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836108
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836108.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sverre Molland, author
Australian National University

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Part I Global Perfections: The Idealized Discourse of Trafficking

Part II Local Imperfections: On-the-Ground Realities and Ambiguities

Part III Betwixt and Between: The Anti-traffickers