The Trafficking-Technology Nexus

  title={The Trafficking-Technology Nexus},
  author={Jennifer Musto and Danah Boyd},
  journal={Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society},
  pages={461 - 483}
  • Jennifer Musto, D. Boyd
  • Published 1 September 2014
  • Political Science
  • Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society
Within some public policy and scholarly accounts, human trafficking is increasingly understood as a technological problem that invites collaborative anti-trafficking solutions. A growing cohort of state, non-governmental, and corporate actors in the United States have come together around the shared contention that technology functions as both a facilitator and disrupting force of trafficking, specifically sex trafficking. Despite increased attention to the trafficking-technology nexus, scant… 
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