Critical Reflections on Anti¬-Human Trafficking: The Case of Timor¬Leste

Published By: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies | Published Date: May, 01 , 2011

Human trafficking is commonly seen as a heinous crime affecting millions of migrants from all parts of the globe. The struggle against this phenomenon is perceived as noble, moral and necessary. However, more careful research reveals that the story is far from simple, and that the concept of trafficking is highly problematic. Similarly, anti-trafficking efforts, while probably well-meaning, can be detrimental to the interests of the migrants. This NTS Alert highlights these issues, looking at the problem both from a broader, global perspective and by presenting the case of ‘trafficking’ in Timor-Leste (also known as East Timor). In addition to a critique of current approaches, it suggests an alternative way of looking at the challenges faced by migrants.

Author(s): Zbigniew Dumienski | Posted on: Mar 03, 2016 | Views()

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