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Gender, Violence, and Human SecurityCritical Feminist Perspectives$
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Aili Mari Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, and Christina Ewig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770207

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770207.001.0001

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Securitizing Sex, Bodies, and Borders

Securitizing Sex, Bodies, and Borders

The Resonance of Human Security Frames in Thailand’s “War against Human Trafficking”

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Gender, Violence, and Human Security

Edith Kinney

NYU Press

This chapter examines the implications of “securitizing” social problems like trafficking in the Thai context. Activists sometimes end up unintentionally promoting questionable security frames by adopting a human security approach in order to underscore the urgency of a particular situation, without being adequately attentive to the fact that a human security frame does not necessarily guarantee accountability or legal obligations. In Thailand, this meant that trafficking was framed in a way that made it seem that trafficked migrants undermined the security of local communities and the Thai nation. Thus, NGO advocates became involved in rehabilitation and repatriation processes in ways that created tensions between victims' rights and immigration control in trafficking interventions.

Keywords:   human security, Thailand, human trafficking, trafficked migrants, immigration control, trafficking interventions

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