Human trafficking has been labelled a ‘modern-day slave trade’. Yet there is little evidence out there, is this because it’s a hidden crime? Critics say it’s a misleading label, which refers to diverse forms of migration and employment and the best way to help migrants avoid taking dangerous journeys is to open the borders. ‘Rescuers’ it’s argued compel migrants to present themselves as victims. Leading sex workers’ rights activists claim trafficking has become a powerful tool for prostitution abolitionists to win wider support for a clampdown on the sex industry as a whole. This powerful debate was filmed at the Battle of Ideas.
- Book by Laura Agustin: Sex at the Margins: migration, labour markets and the rescue industry