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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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Human Trafficking: Capital Exploitation and the Accursed Share

Human Trafficking: Capital Exploitation and the Accursed Share

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Human Trafficking

Bill Munro

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter locates human trafficking in a market economy paradigm, arguing that the exploitation of people has been facilitated by an excess of energy within capital, resulting in accumulation outside the formal economy. It explores the emergence of different exploitative scenarios in relation to the historical and spatial contexts of capital growth-as most dynamic markets in the world deal with illicit goods and substances – arms, drugs, ivory – as well as human beings. It argues that while on the one hand laws prohibit the distribution of these commodities, on the other, the state effectively abrogates the enforcement of other laws in relation to the illegal market and often unwittingly creates the very conditions that facilitate the emergence of such markets. It concludes that trafficking in human beings, can be best understood as a response to particular institutional demands in any nascent market economy.

Keywords:   Commodities, Capitalist economies, Accumulation, Human rights, Finance capital

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