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Human TraffickingThe Complexities of Exploitation$
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Margaret Malloch and Paul Rigby

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474401128

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401128.001.0001

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Contexts and Complexities

Contexts and Complexities

(p.1) 1 Contexts and Complexities
Human Trafficking

Margaret Malloch

Paul Rigby

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 1 introduces the book with a brief description of the complex phenomena of human trafficking, highlighting the contested definitions that characterise it. Using the Mediterranean ‘migrant crisis’ of 2014/15 as a backdrop the chapter explores the way that terminology is used interchangeably to confuse the whole area of exploitation and focus on individualised perpetrators while largely ignoring the socio-economic conditions that permit the ‘trade’ in people to flourish. By examining the complex nature of human trafficking and the challenges of conceptualising it in terms of exploitation discourses, chapter one introduces the book’s focus on an examination of the appropriateness of current responses to victims/survivors and attempts to provide ‘holistic’ and ‘effective’ intervention. Within this analysis, the challenges that the wider socio-political sphere imposes on survivor care are examined.

Keywords:   Crisis, Defining ‘human trafficking’, Legal context

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