Overcoming Ideology: Examining the Tension between Sex Work and Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Sarah Hill
Dr. Vin Lyon-Callo
Dr. Catherine Kothari
Sex work, trafficking, anti-human trafficking, activism, unintended consequences
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Human trafficking has become a national conversation and concern. Grassroots organizations designed to combat human trafficking spring up rapidly and help shape public perception on what trafficking is – and what it isn’t. Drawing on participant observation and indepth interviewing, I speak with anti-trafficking advocates determined to eradicate human trafficking and sex workers who prefer to stay in their profession. This thesis will largely explore the unintended consequences of well-meaning advocacy, and the tension between their views on the sex industry and the views from within the sex industry. I aim to use this work not only as a local case study through which to view notions of victimization, advocacy and agency, but also to contribute to a growing body of knowledge that incorporates the voices of sex workers and highlights their experiences as valuable contributions to policy and discourse.
Williams, Emily R., "Overcoming Ideology: Examining the Tension between Sex Work and Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy" (2017). Masters Theses. 1988.