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

Sverre Molland

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the ways in which recruitment is carried out in the sex industry and the implications for interpreting them in the context of trafficking definitions. More specifically, it considers the significant differences that exist between how human trafficking is articulated through legal regimes, such as the Palermo Protocol, and how women are recruited as sex workers along the Thai–Lao border. After providing an overview of the sociocultural aspects of prostitution, the chapter discusses the role of kinship, reciprocity, and morality in women's decision to enter prostitution in Laos and Thailand. It then explores some of the important differences and similarities between commercial sex in the two countries and goes on to explain the process of recruitment in the sex industry in the context of definitions of trafficking. It also tackles the issue of victim identification and how numbers of trafficked victims are measured.

Keywords:   recruitment, sex industry, Palermo Protocol, Thai–Lao border, prostitution, kinship, morality, commercial sex, victim identification, victim

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