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Hidden Voices in Anti-Trafficking Discourses

Friday, September 24, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dr. Jackie Sanchez-Taylor

Hidden Voices in Anti-Trafficking Discourses: Anti-Trafficking and Sex work in Jamaica

Dr. Jackie Sanchez-Taylor
Royal Holloway University

Friday, Sept. 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This talk draws on British Academy funded research on child sex tourism in Jamaica to understand some of the limitations of the way dominant discourses on trafficking. Data from the project entitled 'Revisiting Child Sex Tourism: Rethinking Business Responses' (2018) highlights how Jamaican interviewees who entered the sex industry as children framed their own experiences. It unpacks the interview data to understand how they perceive sexual labour and/or exploitation and their experience sexual violence. It focuses in particular on the experience of male interviewees to allows us to visibly engage with sexuality and a racializing frame as well as gender. These perspectives are often hidden in anti-trafficking discourses and point to some of the dangers of conflating sex work with trafficking.
Dr Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor is primary interested in the sociology of gender and sexuality with a special focus on exploring the intersections between race, gender, sexuality through two core areas: sex tourism and cosmetic surgery/beauty. She recently completed research funded by the British Academy entitled 'Revisiting Child Sex Tourism: Rethinking Business Responses' (2018). This project brings together law and sociology into dialogue to consider child about and child sexual exploitation in relation to tourism and to critically interrogate mainstream responses to the issue and to trafficking. It revisits research on child sexual exploitation and sex tourism conducted in the 1990s to ask what has changed and what impact current policy initiatives to combat child sex tourism have had.

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Department of Sociology
Department of Sociology
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