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    I Felt Like She Owns Me: Exploitation and Uncertainty in the Lives of Labour Trafficking Victims in Ireland

    Doyle, David M. and Murphy, Cliodhna and Murphy, Muiread and Coppari, Pablo Rojas and Wechsler, Rachel J. (2019) I Felt Like She Owns Me: Exploitation and Uncertainty in the Lives of Labour Trafficking Victims in Ireland. British Journal of Criminology, 59. pp. 231-251. ISSN 0007-0955

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    Although the law relating to ‘modern slavery’ has received increased attention in recent years, the perspectives of labour trafficking victims rarely feature in the literature. The article explores how this vulnerable group experiences the Irish anti-trafficking regime in practice. Drawing on 15 semi-structured interviews, it shows that victims of labour trafficking in Ireland receive minimal assistance from the State at every stage of the trafficking cycle, from prevention and identification to seeking redress for harms suffered. The lived experiences of the participants cut across the spheres of employment, criminal and immigration law, stretching well beyond the ‘silo’ of the anti-trafficking framework. The article concludes by suggesting that victims’ perspectives are an essential part of evidence-based policy responses to the multi-faceted phenomenon of severe labour exploitation, as well as a comprehensive analytical framework. It agrees that existing critiques of the anti-trafficking paradigm are well-founded, but argues that they should also take account of the practical benefits for individuals who are granted ‘victim of trafficking’ status.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: labour trafficking; victims; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 13881
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    Depositing User: Cliodhna Murphy
    Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2021 12:59
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Criminology
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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