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About Elena Shih

Elena Shih is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University. Her current book project, The Price of Freedom: Moral and Political Economies of Global Human Trafficking Rescue, is based off 40 months of ethnographic participant observation of the transnational movement to combat human trafficking. She is also a Faculty Fellow leading the Human Trafficking Research Cluster through the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. She tweets at: @uhlenna.

Articles by Elena Shih

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Introduction: do the hidden costs outweigh the practical benefits of human trafficking awareness campaigns?

Raising awareness campaigns may be motivated by good intentions, but how much do they actually accomplish? What are the costs and benefits of campaigns? What works and doesn’t work? How can we know?

The anti-trafficking rehabilitation complex: commodity activism and slave-free goods

NGOs that provide alternative, low-wage employment for 'rescued' sex workers market their goods as 'slave free', yet engage in the same exploitative labour relations that they claim to detest.

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