n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Sex trafficking : International context and response, Marie Segrave, Sanja Milivojevic, Sharon Pickering : book review

Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



This was a book that was read with increasing interest and attention. The authors provide the reader with an understanding of sex trafficking from the viewpoint of feminist criminologists. A brief overview of the development of sex trafficking shows that states prohibited women's mobility, their agency and their potential, resulting inter alia in their migration (across borders in legal and criminal ways) and engaging in sex work. Over time, conservative and moralistic law and order controls were mobilised to combat these activities. Currently the key elements of the prevailing international paradigm include the state, border controls, security, as well as gender, crime and criminal justice data systems. The authors regard the predominant law and order framework as a moralist agenda, which disallows critical engagement and is sustained by selective narratives of extreme cases and official statistics.

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