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Sex Trafficking in Turkey: Migration Policy, Prostitution and Gender

Sex Trafficking in Turkey: Migration Policy, Prostitution and Gender
Emel Coskun

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Turkey's national counter-trafficking rhetoric is influenced by ideas about 'irregular' migration, national security and 'illegal' working. Having adopted definitions and legislation from the UN Protocol, sex trafficking is framed as a problem of organised crime, rather than of migration and global inequality. This book highlights the weaknesses of an international discourse on human trafficking and examines its impact in a local context. Emel Coskun explores Turkey's national policy and practice by looking at the interactions between sex trafficking, prostitution and migration in the country. She argues that Turkey's prostitution and migration regimes weaken the protection system and can lead to the re-victimisation of victims of sex trafficking. This is especially visible in national legislation and law enforcement where there are attempts to distinguish between 'forced' and 'voluntary' prostitution.

Based on interviews with policy makers, advisors, Turkish government officials, police officers, professionals from NGOs and lawyers, this research challenges institutional responses to sex trafficking both on national and international levels and makes wider policy recommendations founded on empirical research. The book adds to understanding of the prostitution regime in Turkey, its effect on sex trafficking and the needs of trafficked as well as migrant women.

Author Info

Emel Coskun is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Duzce University, Turkey. Her work on issues surrounding sex trafficking in Turkey has appeared in the journals Social Politics and The Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. She completed her PhD in Migration Studies at the University of Kent (2013) and her MA in Development Economics at Marmara University, Turkey (2005).

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Modern Turkey

ISBN: 9781784539047
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2018
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 5 figures

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