Human Trafficking Is More Than Sex Trafficking and Prostitution: Implications for Social Work

  • Alvarez M
  • Alessi E
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Abstract

The human trafficking discussion has focused primarily on women and children who are trafficked for sexual exploitation. However, as social workers confront the issue, they require an understanding of the problem that also acknowledges individuals who are forced to work in other areas. This article critically examines the current discourse on human trafficking because the sole focus on women and children diverts attention from the study of trafficking within the context of globalization and the exploitation of labor. It analyzes the term human trafficking, particularly how it became linked to antiprostitution campaigns, and suggests guidelines for a framework that is grounded in social work values.

Author-supplied keywords

  • feminist theory
  • globalization
  • human trafficking
  • sexual trafficking
  • social justice

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Authors

  • Maria Beatriz Alvarez

  • Edward J. Alessi

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