GRIDLOCK: Labor, Migration, and Human Trafficking in Dubai
Palmer, Katie, Herizons
GRIDLOCK Labor, Migration, and Human Trafficking in Dubai PARDIS MAHD AVI Stanford University Press
Public interest in human trafficking is at an all-time high, and there are countless books, movies, magazines and documentaries on the topic. Having read many of them, I am confident in saying that anthropologist Pardis Madhavi's Gridlock: Labor, Migration, and Human Trafficking in Dubai offers new insights, relevant to both academic and policy circles, in an accessible language.
Her most significant contribution with the book is that she dispels the narrow and highly gendered representation that human trafficking involves helpless women and youth being kidnapped by bad men who in turn sell them into the sex industry. Mahdavi's empirical research, undertaken in Dubai, shows that victims of trafficking include a range of both women and men, including those forced into prostitution, agricultural labourers, construction workers and domestic workers.
Not only does Mahdavi widen our understandings of who is trafficked, she also lays out how this narrow representation of trafficking problematically informs …
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Publication information: Article title: GRIDLOCK: Labor, Migration, and Human Trafficking in Dubai. Contributors: Palmer, Katie - Author. Magazine title: Herizons. Volume: 26. Issue: 2 Publication date: Fall 2012. Page number: 41. © 2008 Herizons Magazine, Inc. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.