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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Chuang: “Rescuing Trafficking from Ideological Capture: Prostitution Reform and Anti-Trafficking Law and Policy”

Janie A. Chuang (American University - Washington College of Law) has posted Rescuing Trafficking from Ideological Capture: Prostitution Reform and Anti-Trafficking Law and Policy, 158 University of Pennsylvania Law Review (forthcoming 2010) on SSRN.  Here is an excerpt of the abstract:

This Article. . .offers a historical account and critical assessment of the prostitution-reform debates' considerable influence on anti-trafficking law and policy development over the last decade. It does so to expose the difficulties of translating ideology - understood here as closely held moral and ethical beliefs - into effective governance strategies. There is an urgent need to adopt and emphasize policies that are guided foremost by a pragmatic, evidence-based approach that grapples with the real-world complexities of human trafficking. This empirical approach requires us to set aside our narrow ideological commitments and to objectively evaluate the actual impact that “anti-trafficking” interventions have both on those they purport to help and on the vulnerable populations they collaterally affect.

MR

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/family_law/2010/11/chuang-rescuing-trafficking-from-ideological-capture-prostitution-reform-and-anti-trafficking-law-an.html

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