Human Trafficking on the Global Periphery: A Terrible Spectacle

  • Larissa Sandy


In mainstream criminological research, human trafficking has been constructed as a form of transnational organized crime, with the institutionalization of this approach reflected in international criminal law. Based on ethnographic research and secondary sources, in this chapter I undertake a spatially sensitive analysis of trafficked persons’ experiences, and national and international laws and documents. The chapter highlights how trafficking laws and policies support the dominant anti-prostitution stance and perpetuate the grand narrative of trafficking-as-transnational-organized-crime. Using Southern theory as a lens through which to analyze hegemonic dynamics within approaches to trafficking and consider asymmetrical power relations that shape and dictate experiences in the global South, the chapter gives priority to Southern experiences and perspectives and sets out to produce a different account of theorizing about trafficking.


Trafficking Sex work Cambodia Organized crime International politics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larissa Sandy
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  1. 1.School of Global, Urban and Social StudiesRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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