The research literature on human trafficking has exploded in the past 20 years. In this blog, we subscribe to the approach and perspective of “Critical modern slavery studies”. You can search for articles posted here using the search function. And here you find some introductory readings and authors that you may want to look at:

(work in progress)


Aradau, Claudia. Rethinking Trafficking in Women: Politics out of Security. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Bernstein, Elizabeth. ‘Carceral Politics as Gender Justice? The “Traffic in Women” and Neoliberal Circuits of Crime, Sex, and Rights’. Theory and Society 41, no. 3 (1 May 2012): 233–59.

Brace, Laura, Julia O’Connell 1960- Davidson, and Springer International Publishing AG. Revisiting Slavery and Antislavery : Towards a Critical Analysis. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Bunting, Annie, and Joel Quirk. Contemporary Slavery: Popular Rhetoric and Political Practice. UBC Press, 2017.

O’Connell Davidson, Julia . Modern Slavery: The Margins of Freedom. London New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.


Doezema, Jo. ‘Who Gets to Choose? Coercion, Consent, and the UN Trafficking Protocol’, Gender & Development, 10(1), 2002, pp. 20–27.

Doezema, Jo. ‘Loose women or lost women? The re-emergence of the myth of white slavery in contemporary discourses of trafficking in women’, Gender Issues 18, 1999, pp. 23–50.

Weitzer, Ronald. ‘New Directions in Research on Human Trafficking’. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 653, no. 1 (1 May 2014): 6–24.

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