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Clinton, Bush, and Obama: Changing policy and rhetoric in the United States Annual Trafficking in Persons Report

O'Brien, E. and Wilson, M. (2015) Clinton, Bush, and Obama: Changing policy and rhetoric in the United States Annual Trafficking in Persons Report. In: Dragiewicz, M., (ed.) Global human trafficking: Critical issues and contexts. Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group, pp. 123-139.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315881829
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Abstract

This chapter charts the political transitions in the anti-trafficking agenda and rhetoric of the U.S. Government across three Presidential administrations through a detailed examination of the annual Trafficking in Persons reports released by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons between 2001 and 2012. We argue that the transitions in language and focus reflect key tensions that have dominated trafficking discourse throughout the Clinton, Bush and Obama Presidencies. These fissures include debate over law enforcement versus rights-based frameworks, competing approaches on victim protection and identification, and ongoing disputes about the relationship between prostitution and human trafficking.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/59960
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