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Women’s Chances of Agency in the Global Political Economy: The case of Eastern European women trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The restructuring of the global economy have amongst many other things, contributed to andfacilitated an increase of certain informal and illegal activities. The hugely profitable, illegalactivity of trafficking humans into the sex industry is expanding with free market policies andincreasingly open borders. A large majority of the trafficked persons are made up by womenand girls and it is with this background in mind that the purpose of this study have beenformulated, namely to explore and shed light on these women's opportunities and chances toexercise agency in the global informal economy. This is done through the case of EasternEuropean women trafficked for sexual exploitation found in a survey study of 13 090trafficking victims from all over the world, out of which more than 9000 comes from EasternEurope and former Soviet. By conducting a critical analysis of these women’s situation aswell as their trafficking experience, both structural and individual aspects were found tocontribute to their exploitation in a complex, interrelated way. The general conclusion drawnfrom this study is that poor economic, social and political opportunities work to constrainwomen’s choices and limit their chances of agency. That is, their power to make meaningfulchoices.

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2012. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
women’s agency, informal/illegal economy, transition economies, trafficking for prostitution
National Category
Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-89448OAI: diva2:617973
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-04-25 Created: 2013-04-25 Last updated: 2013-04-25Bibliographically approved

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