• Roos de Wildt
Part of the Studies of Organized Crime book series (SOOC, volume 17)


Sex industries worldwide tend to flourish during United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions. The hegemonic discourse claims that women engaged in prostitution in the context of peacekeeping missions are singular victims of trafficking who meet the demand of peacekeepers. The suggestion that UN peacekeepers engage in (forced) prostitution in war-torn and other vulnerable regions where they are expected to “do good” has provoked concerned reactions in academic and popular publications alike. However, assertions that, first, international peacekeepers create the demand for prostitution and, second, that this demand tends to be met through the trafficking of women for sexual purposes are poorly substantiated by empirical data that takes insider perspectives into account. This introduction poses that the narratives of the women actually engaged in prostitution in the context of peacekeeping missions need to be considered in order to widen the rather restrictive lenses through which women engaged in prostitution in the context of peacekeeping missions are generally viewed. The academic and social relevance of such an approach is discussed as well as the methodology used in this ethnographic study conducted amongst women engaged in post-war prostitution in Kosovo.


Methodology Ethnographic research/ethnography Human trafficking Sex trafficking Prostitution Peacekeepers Blue helmets KOSOVO United Nations Victims of trafficking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roos de Wildt
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  1. 1.Verwey-Jonker InstituteUtrechtThe Netherlands

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