- oD 50.50
State and the law
The role of the state, and national legislation in particular, is absolutely crucial to the ‘modern slavery’ debate. Indeed, the construction of the concept of ‘modern slavery’ is itself predominantly reliant on individual states as well as the international and regional organisations they constitute. National legislation and international legal conventions determine the conditions under which phenomena are discursively constructed as instances of ‘modern slavery’ and when they are not. Similarly, state authority and complicity determines whether the forced movement of a man across national borders by a group of racist, violent thugs, leading to his death is classed as deportation (and hence ‘acceptable’) or ‘human trafficking’ and a form of ‘modern slavery’. Read on...