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The Wages of Human Trafficking

Start/End Monday, April 14, 2014 12:15 PM EDT -- 01:15 PM EDT
Location Name Case Lounge, Room 701

Speaker: Rana Jaleel, Center for Reproductive Rights-Columbia Law School Fellow 

Non-pizza lunch will be served 
RSVP not required, but encouraged - email cgao@law.columbia.edu 

What is the wrong of human trafficking?  From any vantage, it is a problem of exploitation.  The U.S. legal imaginary casts human trafficking as largely the lot of the poor and the foreign who find themselves funneled into commercial sex work, construction, food service, home health care, agricultural work, or other forms of low wage, poorly regulated, labor.  And yet from chronic wage theft to an increased vulnerability to on the job sexual violence, the exploitation endured by low wage workers (predominantly women and/or people of color) looks the same as the kind of exploitative work that meets the legal definition of trafficked work.  This talk assesses the implications of maintaining a distinction between work under conditions that meet the legal definition of human trafficking and other low wage work—a division whose racial and gendered dimensions are compounded by the Obama Administration’s legally questionable designation of human trafficking as “modern slavery.”