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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 Market Metaphor

The Market Metaphor

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

Sverre Molland

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the commonalities that underlie the diversity of the anti-trafficking sector and are expressed through legal binaries and a market metaphor. These common denominators are explained in terms of three concentric circles, consisting of a dyadic power relationship between a victim and a perpetrator at the center, organized crime as the middle circle, and a cross-border marketplace as the outer circle. The chapter first considers imageries that portray the victim as unaware, innocent, and weak, and traffickers as evil, dominant, cunning, and all-knowing. It then discusses claims alluding to the involvement of organized crime in trafficking, as well as the spatial dimension of human trafficking. It also explores the demand side of trafficking and how it relates to assumptions about both vulnerability and profitability.

Keywords:   anti-trafficking, market metaphor, victim, perpetrator, organized crime, cross-border marketplace, trafficking, demand, vulnerability, profitability

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