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About Kamala Kempadoo

Kamala Kempadoo is Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been working on the issue of sex work and trafficking since the early 1990s, and has published widely on both from critical antiracist and transnational feminist perspectives.

Articles by Kamala Kempadoo

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Adam Bychawski

Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Revisitando la «carga del hombre blanco»

La lucha contra la trata de personas es un movimiento imperialista contemporáneo que supone que «occidente» salvará «al resto del mundo», lo que parece una nueva versión de la "la carga del hombre blanco" (el supuesto deber de los colonizadores blancos de cuidar de persona indígenas en sus posesiones coloniales). El actual abolicionismo de la esclavitud, el feminismo abolicionista y el humanitarismo de las celebridades conforman este renovado imperialismo. English

What’s the difference between having no choice and being forced to choose?

The history of indentured workers in the Caribbean has a lot to teach us about ‘human trafficking’ today.

The white man’s burden revisited

The war on trafficking is a contemporary imperialist move that involves ‘the West’ saving ‘the rest’, appearing as a reconfigured version of the ‘white man’s burden.’  Modern-day slavery abolitionism, abolitionist feminism, and celebrity humanitarianism together make up this renewed imperialism. Español

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