Hollow Bodies: Institutional Responses to Sex Trafficking in Armenia, Bosnia and India

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-09-15
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner
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In Hollow Bodies, Susan Dewey travels to Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and India to follow the trade in women's bodies and efforts to stop it. What she finds is a counter-trafficking system at the mercy of funds from misguided international organizations and foreign governments. From counterproductive restrictions placed on NGOs by donors, to jaded employees and bribes given to prosecutors, Dewey highlights the structural flaws in place that allow, and sometimes even help, sex trafficking to continue. Based on research conducted with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Dewey speaks with a range of actors from bar workers in Bombay to Embassy employees in Armenia and senior officials at international organizations. She discovers how a global problem plays out differently on the local level and why millions of aid dollars make little difference in the lives of women who are forced or compelled from their homes into the global sex trade.

Author Biography

Susan Dewey is a cultural anthropologist and practitioner of Women's Studies at DePauw University. She has been the recipient of nationally competitive grants from the National Science Foundation and Fulbright-Hays and is the author of Making Miss India Miss World Constructing Gender, Power, and the Nation in Postliberalization India.

Table of Contents

Sarajevo Roses: Why Feminist Questions are also Human Questions
Introduction to the Case Studies: Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and India
Important Questions and Clarifications
From "White Slavery" to National Security
Counter-trafficking Discourse and Idioms
International Efforts and Protocols
The Eastern European Bias
Anti-trafficking Organizations
Debates on Agency, Consent and Choice
IOM Efforts to Provide More Sensitive Images of Sex Trafficking
Armenia: Institutionalized Indifference, Reliance on Donor Aid, and Local Disempowerment
Family Violence as an Indicator of Risk
"In Soviet Times This Never Happened": The Politics of Nostalgia and Memory
Bosnia-Herzegovina: Ngos, Donor Aid and the Establishment of Post-Conflict Civil Society
Gendering War and Its Consequences
State-Sponsored Rape on Trial
The Impacts of Post-war Donor Fatigue
The Roma: Sex Trafficking, Migration and Human Rights
Bosnia and the Politics of European Union Accession
India: Rethinking the Traffic in Women
The Power of Social Invisibility to Subjugate
Dancing Girls and Structural Adjustment
Social Class and "Moral Danger"
Banking on Resiliency: IOM India and the ERTV Success Story
Feminist Ethnographic Research in Times Of Crisis
Invisible Agents, Hollow Bodies
When Injustice Becomes Business as Usual
Institutional Power, Individual Lives, and the Politics of Feminist Research
List of Abbreviations
About the Author
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