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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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Combating Trafficking, Mekong Style

Combating Trafficking, Mekong Style

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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 provides an overview of the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (UNIAP). In its first phase, UNIAP had implemented several anti-trafficking programs, such as income generation and awareness raising in rural areas of Laos. An important part of the UNIAP strategy in the Mekong region was called Program 1 in its project document: building the knowledge base on trafficking. This chapter first discusses the politics of cross-border migration in Laos and the importance of knowledge production in attempts to secure particular interpretations of anti-trafficking work within the broader field of development. It then considers how human trafficking intersects with development and government practices and goes on to examine the results of two trafficking studies and a report commissioned by UNICEF. It also explains how to distinguish between a trafficker, a trafficked victim, and a “migrant.” Finally, it describes how victim identification is addressed in training programs delivered by aid organizations in Laos and Thailand.

Keywords:   anti-trafficking, UNIAP, trafficking, cross-border migration, knowledge production, development, human trafficking, UNICEF, victim identification, Mekong region

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