Accepted paper:

Body traffic and legit bodies: anti-trafficking, human rights and the governing of the mobile

Authors:

Sverre Molland (Australian National University)

Paper short abstract:

This paper considers biolegitimacy as a heuristic device in order to analyse how biology and bodies mobilise specific moral entrepreneurship within anti-trafficking programmes.

Paper long abstract:

Human trafficking has become a key site for intervention in global politics. Although anti-trafficking has considerable ability to mobilize resources for the combat against structural inequality within labour relations, anti-trafficking is intertwined with a fixation with the 'trafficking survivor' resulting in notable individuated policy responses. This paper considers biolegitimacy as a heuristic device in order to come to terms with how anti-trafficking structures debates relating to human rights and politics of migrant labour. Trafficked victims framed as a concern with biology and the body will be discussed with reference to specific anti-trafficking initiatives and the moral-legal arguments that eventuate from them.

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Bio-legitimacy and mobilities 2.0: a challenge to human rights?