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Trafficking, Gender and Slavery: Past and Present*

Orlando Patterson

in The Legal Understanding of Slavery

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199660469
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745508 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660469.003.0018
Trafficking, Gender and Slavery: Past and Present*

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This chapter discusses the problem of defining slavery in the modern world. It argues that some standard arguments claiming that all trafficking in persons make up forms of slavery are actually problematic. It then studies the worst forms of child labour, domestic servitude, and international and domestic sexual trafficking, which seem to satisfy a polythetic definition of slavery. It also presents a critique of Kevin Bales' work. This chapter concludes with a study of the gendered nature of slavery in traditional and modern times.

Keywords: trafficking; child labour; domestic servitude; sexual trafficking; polythetic definition; Kevin Bales; gendered nature

Chapter.  18581 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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