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As part of Global Frictions: A Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for Global Research, Dr Larissa Sandy critically explores trafficking narratives in Cambodia.
Dr Sandy will unpack the ‘schizophrenic identifications’ of women in the sex trade as illegal migrants and victims/prostitutes and suffering bodies.
The seminar will critically examine how the trafficking victim has been constructed, highlight key assumptions in the discourse of trafficking and outline the surrounding philosophical and definitional problems.
Based on analysis of trafficking narratives published in NGO research, media reports and popular books, Dr Sandy’s in-depth research observes the trafficking story as it is told in and about Cambodia and the ‘myth’ that lies at the core.
By closely examining the role of trafficking narratives in determining interventions and shaping understandings, this seminar goes beyond the myth to examine how and why the story is created and crafted in anti-trafficking campaigns and for what purposes.
About Dr Larissa Sandy
Dr Larissa Sandy is a lecturer in Criminology at RMIT University. She carried out her PhD at the Australian National University and has been a research analyst at the Australian Institute of Criminology, where she worked on projects including intimate partner homicide and human trafficking in Australia. She was also a research fellow on the International HIV Program at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University and a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Flinders University.
Areas of expertise: Sex Work, Labour Migration, Human Trafficking, Contract Labour, Sexual Violence, Gender and Sexuality, HIV, Cambodia, Applied Anthropology, Globalisation
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