Jürgen Nautz, Birgit Sauer (Ed.)
Frauenhandel. Diskurse und Praktiken
1. Edition 2008
Transkulturelle Perspektiven -
In the past decade, trafficking in women has evolved into one of the most lucrative businesses. Criminal networks can make more profit through the sale and acquisition of women than through illegal drugs or arms trade. Women from poor regions of the world are trafficked into precarious and unsafe working arrangements in the wealthier industrialised countries – for housework, into the hospitality industry, and in most cases for prostitution. As a general rule, these slave-like conditions are characterised by physical violence and psychological abuse.
The contributions of this volume analyse women trafficking in the Central and South European regions from various theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Since the collapse of real socialism, this region has become the source, target and transit region for trafficked women. The contributions focus on questions concerning the emergence of markets, the motives of sex clients, victim protection, and the collaboration between public institutions and the civil society’s organisations as regards the prevention and suppression of traffic in women. Other contributions deal with the topic’s representation in the media and in political discourse. Finally, a third major field is the history of women trafficking networks and of the regulation of their trade.