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About Prabha Kotiswaran

Prabha Kotiswaran lectures in Criminal Law at King’s College London. She is the author of Dangerous Sex, Invisible Labor: Sex Work and the Law in India, published by Princeton University Press (2011) and co-published by Oxford University Press, India (2011). She also blogs for the Interdisciplinary Project on Human Trafficking.

Articles by Prabha Kotiswaran

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The criminal law as sledgehammer: the paternalist politics of India’s 2018 Trafficking Bill

India's new trafficking bill relies exclusively on the stick to achieve its goals. It will fail.

Neoabolitionism’s last laugh: India must rethink trafficking

India’s new trafficking bill seeks a wide array of new powers to punish, but does nothing to address the causes of exploitation in the first place.

The path to the UK's Modern Slavery Act 2015: an oral history project

The UK’s Modern Slavery Act, 2015 was hotly debated by policy-shapers during the drafting process. We take a behind-the-scenes look at one of last year’s most contentious bills.

Empty gestures: a critique of India’s new trafficking bill

The 2016 Global Slavery Index finds that 40% of ‘modern slaves’ live in India. A new trafficking bill seeks to lower that number, but it will fail in its current form.

Trafficking and slavery interventions under the microscope

BTS editors introduce the ‘case studies and critique’ strand of our new project ‘possible futures’, which will open a window onto the ‘better practices’ found in the field today.

The gendered victims of (anti)trafficking

Beyond Slavery editors discuss the deep links between anti-trafficking campaigns and ideas of female victimisation to introduce their next issue on gender.

The role of the state and law in trafficking and modern slavery

Beyond Slavery introduces its new issue on the state and the law, elements which not only define slavery but shape the channels through which it is addressed.

Law’s mediations: the shifting definitions of trafficking

As trafficking becomes increasingly conflated with slavery and forced labor, there is less and less agreement amongst international organisations on the precise definitional boundaries of these terms.

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