Document Type

Honors Project


This thesis provides a genealogy of the international sex trafficking discourse, as defined juridically through the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, by annotating how the category and definition of "sex trafficking" emerged from multiple articulations of race, sexuality, and migration. By providing a comparative example of how trafficking and sex work is conceptualized within the sociopolitical infrastructures of three distinct locations-- St.Paul/Minnneapolis, San Francisco, and Cochabamba--I demonstrate how trafficking, as defined in international discourse, both has its historical roots in the west and continues to serve as a method of (neo)colonial control.



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