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Från vit slavhandel till trafficking: En studie om föreställningar kring människohandel och dess offer
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2009 (Swedish)In: Historisk Tidskrift (S), ISSN 0345-469X, Vol. 129, no 3, 429-443 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article compares the contemporary Swedish conception of human traffickingwith the early twentieth-century conception of so-called white slavery. The studyfocuses on the causes, solutions and victims of trafficking and how the image ofthese three has been constructed over time. There are noticeable similaritiesbetween the discourses surrounding these aspects in the past and in the present.The debate concerning white slavery has been investigated by analysing materialfrom the association Vaksamhet (i.e. Vigilance), which was active in the struggleagainst prostitution of Swedish women abroad in the early twentieth century. Thecontemporary debate has been studied through official material published by theSwedish government and the police. Today’s attitudes regarding trafficking arenot new. Still, the issue is basically addressed in the same way today, as it was inthe beginning of the 20th century. The reason for this continuity over time has todo with the prevailing Swedish conception of prostitution, as well as the moralsconcerning women and sexuality.

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Stockholm: Svenska historiska föreningen , 2009. Vol. 129, no 3, 429-443 p.
Keyword [en]
White slavery, trafficking, the womens movement, prostitution
Keyword [sv]
Vit slavhandel, trafficking, Vaksamhet, kvinnorörelsen, prostitution
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-35039OAI: diva2:286256
Available from: 2010-01-14 Created: 2010-01-14 Last updated: 2012-05-02Bibliographically approved

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