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Erica Lorraine Williams

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037931

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037931.001.0001

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Moral Panics

Moral Panics

Sex Tourism, Trafficking, and the Limits of Transnational Mobility

(p.141) Chapter Seven Moral Panics
Sex Tourism in Bahia

Erica Lorraine Williams

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how state and nongovernmental organizations' campaigns in Brazil construct sex tourism as a problem to be eradicated in part by conflating it with trafficking, along with the questions it raises about the possibilities of transnational mobility for socioeconomically disadvantaged Brazilian women. The chapter begins with a historical overview of the concept of trafficking and of global antitrafficking movements as well as the ways in which “trafficking” has been confused and conflated with “sex tourism.” It then considers how trafficking and sex tourism have been constituted as objects of knowledge before discussing the campaign activities of Aprosba and CHAME (Humanitarian Center for the Support of Women). It shows that CHAME's anti-trafficking educational campaign materials constitute an “archive of racialized sexuality” that creates “moral panics” about interracial sex and transnational border crossings that reinforces notions of who is worthy of the privileges of transnational mobility.

Keywords:   sex tourism, trafficking, transnational mobility, Brazilian women, Humanitarian Center for the Support of Women, anti-trafficking education, racialized sexuality, moral panics, interracial sex, border crossings

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