Dancing across Borders: ‘Exotic Dancers,’ Trafficking, and Canadian Immigration Policy

  title={Dancing across Borders: ‘Exotic Dancers,’ Trafficking, and Canadian Immigration Policy},
  author={Audrey Macklin},
  journal={International Migration Review},
  pages={464 - 500}
  • Audrey Macklin
  • Published 1 June 2003
  • Political Science
  • International Migration Review
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