Trickle Down

Yvonne C. Zimmerman

in Other Dreams of Freedom

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199942190
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980765 | DOI:


Trickle Down

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This chapter reviews the contents of the United States' anti-trafficking legislation, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, and documents this legislation's little-known religious history. I argue that the way human trafficking is depicted in the TVPA and the kinds of interventions that the legislation proposes as remedies for human trafficking are premised on conceptions of the interrelations of gender, sex, and freedom that animated and infused the earlier political movement on the issue of religious persecution that culminated in the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 and that, in crucial ways, are rooted in and express the moral sensibilities of Protestant Christianity.

Keywords: Trafficking Victims Protection Act; International Religious Freedom Act; religious persecution; Protestant Christianity; sex and gender

Chapter.  10346 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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