Victims, Villains, and the Virtuous
This chapter returns to the importance of recognizing human trafficking as a social construct. It emphasizes that one of the reasons debates surrounding human trafficking are so contentious is to the recognition—often implicit—that the manner in which trafficking and its subjects are represented has real repercussions at the level of policy and service delivery. The chapter further elaborates on the argument that attempts to deny or ignore the social construction of human trafficking, and its inextricably political nature are themselves political acts that serve to shut down debate and delegitimate opposing viewpoints. The chapter then turns to the feminist, critical constructive theoretical perspective offered in the book, and the need for empathetic listening. Finally, the chapter concludes with a meditation on potential ways in which debates surrounding human trafficking might be reconfigured.
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