Anti-trafficking (ILL-)efforts: the legal regulation of women’s bodies and relationships in Cambodia

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Bradley, C & Szablewska, N in press, 'Anti-trafficking (ILL-)efforts: the legal regulation of women’s bodies and relationships in Cambodia', Social & Legal Studies.

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Global imaginations on human trafficking have been captured by a robust mythology that constructs the consenting Third World sex worker as simply a victim of trafficking for sexual exploitation. This anti-trafficking discourse has influenced Cambodia’s legal reform, which has resulted in an increase of abuse against sex workers and has denied Cambodian women their right to marry foreign men. Despite evidence indicating the diversity of the sex industry and its correlation to different levels of sex workers’ autonomy, decision-makers have failed to revise the anti-trafficking framework to reflect the reality of the divergent lives of women who engage in sex as a livelihood.

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