Gendering Cross-border Networks in the Greater Mekong Subregion: Drawing Invisible Routes to Thailand

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Resource Type
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Creator
  • Ullah, AKM Ahsn (The American University in Cairo, Egypt)
  • Hossain, Mallik Akram (Rajshahi University, Bangladesh)
Collective Title
  • ASEAS – Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies
    4(2)
Publication Date
2011
Publication Place
Vienna
Contributor
  • SEAS – Gesellschaft für Südostasienwissenschaften / Society for South-East Asian Studies (Editor)
Language
English
Free Keywords
Trafficking; Borders; Geopolitics; Greater Mekong Subregion; Thailand
Description
  • Abstract

    This article discusses human trafficking within the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in relation to the strengthened inter-state economic and infrastructural co-operation and connectivity, taking the life history of sex workers in Thailand into account. Over the last decades, Thailand became known as a hub of entertainment sectors. Traffickers often use socio-economic integration in the GMS to their advantage. A large number of trafficked women ends up in the Thai entertainment industry doing sex work in confined conditions similar to slavery. Poor women are often lured by false promises of well-paid jobs abroad and pay exorbitant fees to agents for such an opportunity. Intermediaries introduce family members to agents who promise to make arrangements for the relevant documentation and transportation across borders. Traffickers use their own marked routes to transport their prey which are more invisible than generally could be imagined.
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Peer-Reviewed
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Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
Alternative Identifiers
  • nbn:de:0168-ssoar-286934 (Type: URN)
Relations
  • Is part of
    ISSN: 1999-253X (Online) (Text)
  • Is part of
    ISSN: 1999-2521 (Print) (Text)
  • Is identical to
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14764/10.ASEAS-4.2-5 (Text)

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