Aliens, borders and social citizens : Health and community services for trafficked women

Schofield, Toni, Hepworth, Julie, Jones, Mairwen, & Schofield, Eugene (2012) Aliens, borders and social citizens : Health and community services for trafficked women. In 2012 Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, 26-29 November 2012, School of Social Science and Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, Brisbane. (Unpublished)

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Australian policy makers recognise women who are trafficked to Australia (and these are largely for the purposes of sexual exploitation) primarily as victims of crime. The main public mechanism by which the "problem" of trafficked people in Australia is managed is the criminal law. At the same time, however, as a signatory to the UN Protocol on Trafficking and the Declaration of Human Rights, the Australian Government also recognises the rights of women trafficked to Australia to access health and community services in the wake of the health damage and trauma they often incur as a consequence of their experience. Current evidence suggests that trafficked women in Australia face considerable barriers in being able to avail themselves of such a right and of the services that accompany it.

This paper explores the tensions posed by Australian policy and service approaches to trafficked women in light of the concept of social citizenship and the ways in which it is mediated in the Australian context by national border protection policy.

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ID Code: 60280
Item Type: Conference Paper
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