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Sex Trafficking Conference: Call for Papers

Call for papers:  Sex Trafficking Conference

April 2 – 4, 2008, South Texas College, McAllen, TX

Following the success of our 2007 conference on Human Trafficking, the Women’s Studies committee of South Texas College is organizing our second annual conference on the topic of Human Trafficking, with a focus on the demand for the physical and sexual labor of trafficked persons.

Our keynote and featured speakers are Mimi Chakarova, photojournalist from U.C. Berkeley; Victor Malarek, Canadian TV journalist and author of The Natashas; Robert Jensen, Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin and author of Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity; Melissa Farley, Clinical Psychologist and Director of Prostitution Research and Education; and Norma Hotaling, Executive Director of the SAGE Project and founder of the first “John School.”

We invite researchers, faculty, graduate students, journalists and practitioners to present findings and observations on a wide range of issues related to sex trafficking, focusing on the demand side. Topics may include:

  • The nature of and causes behind the growing demand for services performed by persons who are trafficked
  • The causes and effects of sex and labor trafficking
  • Organized sex tourism
  • Enslaved prostitution
  • Strategies for reducing the global practice of sex and labor trafficking

The conference will include presentations by guest speakers and art exhibits on both sides of the Texas/Mexico border. Proposals for papers, panels and roundtables will be accepted through February 20, 2008, and may be sent via e-mail to Jenny B. Clark, Chair of the Women’s Studies Committee, at or Mark Burton at Please include the term “Sex Trafficking Conference” in the subject line.

Pass on to your colleagues as appropriate.

We shall make prompt responses of acceptance.

Thanks to H.A. Chew for forwarding this along.




3 thoughts on “Sex Trafficking Conference: Call for Papers

  1. this conference looks fabulous! I would be grateful just for a chance to attend.

    Posted by Laur | November 2, 2007, 9:04 pm
  2. It’s the same reason as always. Nothing new.

    What will be the punishment for all men caught buying women? If the punishment is big enough, then this little problem will diminish.

    My colleague rescues children in Cambodia from white male “prostitution tourists.” I asked her if they followed the men to the airport to photograph them and then expose the preditors world wide on the web. She said she had never thought of doing this at all.

    Then I asked her, if they were willing to hunt the preditors down? She had a shocked look on her face. Just teasing, I said in my best “humorous” style.

    Women in Japan did this in the 80s when Japanese men were all flocking to, you guessed it, Southeast Asia to buy girls.

    That was well over 27 years ago! We took their pictures and subjected them to as much public humiliation as we could. It really worked. They came to fear the feminists! Fear is good.

    Posted by Satsuma | November 2, 2007, 11:52 pm
  3. Satsuma that is an awesome idea. What a horrible thing. Do these men even think about the ruined lives they are taking advantage of, raping for their erections? And do people in the West care that the pedophile men are flocking to where the enslaved children are, or do they just think it reduces the pedophilia here like people think it is good for men to have prostitutes to rape instead?

    Posted by Kiuku | November 5, 2007, 1:29 am

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