Holding the Unwanted: A Talk on Women's TraffickingThis event looks really interesting, if anyone can make it?
ABSTRACT: Holding the unwanted: is there a place in gender studies for a psychodynamic approach towards women's trafficking?Milena Stateva
'You have left me alone, all in tears - you are heartless!' This text message sent by a trafficker to his ex-victim in an attempt to bring her back and one that has recently been publicly presented by a representative of the Danish persecution office is the starting point of the proposed paper. It illustrates that more and more often traffickers' strategy to subdue and exploit their victims is not brutal violence. Rather, it can be argued that traffickers nowadays predominantly use – consciously or unconsciously - societal incapacity in both countries of origin and those of destination to emotionally hold those who feel unwanted and unwantable. Exploring such an approach towards victimhood and agency, the paper challenges the predominant in gender studies portrayal of voiceless children and powerless women caught in a trap of violence and exploitation behind human trafficking. Is this a line that worth to be in pursuit of when informing prevention and reintegration policies?