Trafficking in persons has generated increasing global attention in recent decades, largely due to the development of international frameworks, pressure from fundamental feminist and abolitionist groups, and as a reaction to increased migration for labour. International policies on trafficking frequently contain vague or ambiguous language, which can cause harm to sex workers in a number of ways.
The conflation of sex work with exploitation, and the conflation of exploitative work conditions in the sex industry with trafficking, leads to harmful legislation that alienates sex workers from material resources and prevents them from organising for better work conditions or asserting their labour rights.
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