Trafficking Exchanges and Economic Responses

Reflections from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia


Date of publication:  01 Jan 2006 Authors:  Lynellyn D. Long Publisher:  The Ford Institute For Human Security Publication type:  Report / Study / Data

Trafficking for sexual exploitation involves an exchange transaction of gifts, services and/or objects. The elements and terms of the exchange reflect the relations and forms of organization of the particular economic system in which the transaction occurs. While these forms of exchange may be analyzed discretely, in practice there is often vertical integration between the different markets, and a woman may be initially exchanged as a gift between patriarchal lineages and eventually sold as a commodity in a London market. As this chapter will discuss, the contemporary political economy of trafficking in women, in particular, for sexual services reflects both historical and contemporary cultural practices.

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