Security and Human Trafficking

This is a book project under contract with International Relations and Security Studies at Palgrave Macmillan.


In my previous publications, I explored different facets of human (in)security as narrated by survivors of human trafficking for sexual exploitation and other forms of labor. In this book, I take a broader perspective and look at security on a continuum—from global, national/regional to human (in)security—and analyze the confluence of human trafficking, illegal migration, drug trafficking, terrorism, and organized crime. The analysis is foregrounded in a combination of ethnography, discourse analysis, and policy review. My ethnographic data comes from research with survivors of human trafficking, both adults and adolescents, service providers, advocates, and policy-makers in the United States and in Europe. I analyze discourses found in popular media outlets, including social media, and analyze policies pertaining to human trafficking, labor migration, and forced migration.


This book challenges the popular rhetoric linking ‘war on terror’ with ‘war on human trafficking’ by juxtaposing lived experiences of survivors of trafficking, refugees, and labor migrants with macro level security concerns. 

The book will be published in early 2021.

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