Sex trafficking and a Gender Based Approach to EU Immigration Policy

Title: Sex trafficking and a Gender Based Approach to EU Immigration Policy
Authors: Murphy , Allison
Date: 2013-05-16
Abstract: In the past decade, we have witnessed a rapid expansion of organized crime throughout the Former Soviet Union and with it, the growth of the illegal sex trade. It is estimated that over fifty thousand women are trafficked out of this region annually.1 The following paper examined whether anti-trafficking policies found within EU immigration legislation effectively address victimization. What I discovered during my research is that current EU immigration policy demonstrates that too much focus has been placed on securitization and criminality. There is also a significant lack of coordination and cooperation between EU member states regarding an anti-trafficking initiative, which means that statistics on trafficking are scarcely available. The emphasis on criminality as opposed to victimization demonstrates a misunderstanding of gender inequalities and how to effectively address them. What I conclude in this paper is that in order to properly combat sex trafficking, a gender based approach which focuses on victimization rather than criminality should be incorporated into current EU immigration policy.
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