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Child Trafficking

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A Critique on the influence of the “New Abolitionist Movement” upon the Child Trafficking discourse (by Elizabeth Faulkner,)

This presentation will address the “New Abolitionist Movement” and evaluate the influence it has had upon our contemporary understanding of the trafficking of children. There has been an explosion in respect to the attention that human trafficking receives today. In fact human trafficking has become a buzz word, an issue of pressing international and political concern, whilst the actual prevalence of the phenomenon remains unclear. The statistics that are available are often relied upon without question; the Global Slavery Index 2014 is a prime example of this with the critical response to the GSI being virtually non-existent. 
The terms human trafficking and contemporary slavery are used interchangeably providing a broad appeal to humanitarian feeling, exploiting the emotive quality of slavery and affording a level of exceptionality to the phenomena.  This presentation will reflect upon what influence this exceptionality has had upon the international community’s policy and actions towards the trafficking of children and consider whether the measures implemented to combat the phenomena are actually what they prima facie appear.
Echoing Kipling’s sentiment in “The White Man’s Burden” the movement has effectively established an unchallenged dominance over debates with regards to human trafficking, which begs the questions why and who benefits from this influence?  This paper argues that whilst there is a place for the movement in the discourse of child trafficking, there are other significant issues that remain inadequately addressed as a result of the unfettered influence of this movement. The main contention is the movement as a whole, and what vested interests are being shielded and served by it.


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