publication . Doctoral thesis . 2011

"This Modern Day Slavery": Sex Trafficking and Moral Panic in the United Kingdom

Hill, Angela;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2011
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: Mexico
The dissertation analyzes the discourse and development of the British anti-sex trafficking movement. Following the European Union's largest expansion in 2004, the United Kingdom experienced a surge in immigration from Eastern Europe, which was greeted by fears about losing British culture, stolen jobs, and rising criminal activity. From this welter of concerns, I argue, the issue of sex trafficking coalesced into a moral panic about the dangers of immigration and the sexual exploitation of women. Using qualitative research and discourse analysis, I examine the movement's depiction of the trafficking victim and its reliance on punitive policing and anti-immigrat...
free text keywords: Communication, Rhetoric, Criminology, moral panic, prostitution, sex trafficking, sex work, United Kingdom
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