Genealogies of human trafficking and slavery

Authored by: Jean Allain

Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138892064
eBook ISBN: 9781315709352
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Human trafficking and slavery are often conflated; these terms are often used synonymously, but also as umbrella terms meant to capture various types of human exploitation. This should hardly be surprising as, historically, the very genesis of what we today call ‘human trafficking’ was conceived in terms of the ‘white slave traffic’, 1 thus equating prostitution with the visceral revulsion felt towards the African Slave Trade and slavery. In fact, and in law, these two regimes – human trafficking and slavery – are distinct conceptually, but also have separate historical origins, and only come together with the negotiations of the Palermo Protocol.

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