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About Kimberly Walters

Kimberly Walters is Assistant Professor of International Studies at California State University, Long Beach.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

End the system of forced rescue and institutionalisation in India

India’s new Trafficking in Persons Bill, 2018 repeats the mistakes of its predecessor.

Scandals in sex worker rescue shelters: is ‘awful’ distracting from ‘lawful’?

How should we channel concern over the growing number of anti-trafficking scandals?

Más allá de las operaciones de «redada y rescate»: es hora de reconocer el daño que se está causando

Las operaciones de redada y rescate se retratan muy a menudo como esfuerzos heroicos para salvar a personas inocentes de personas malvadas, pero la realidad no resulta tan clara. English

A recipe for injustice: India’s new trafficking bill expands a troubled rescue, rehabilitation, and repatriation framework

India’s proposed trafficking in persons bill replicates the flaws of the existing framework. It must be re-written if it is to better the lives of the women it purports to help.

Beyond ‘raid and rescue’: time to acknowledge the damage being done

Raid and rescue operations are widely portrayed as heroic efforts to save the innocent from the evil. But, as this BTS series makes clear, the reality is not so clear-cut. Español

Interview: forced rescue and humanitarian trafficking

Many anti-trafficking oragnisations prioritise donor preferences over actually improving the lives of 'vitcims'.

Rescued from rights: the misogyny of anti-trafficking

For some sex workers subjected to forced ‘rescue’, the line between care and harm is very thin. What anti-trafficking often looks like is a form of ‘humanitarian trafficking’, not protection.

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