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Territorial sovereignty and trafficking in the Indonesia-Malaysia borderlands

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This chapter aims to explore the role that anti-trafficking initiatives have played in attempts by the Indonesian state to reclaim authority along its territorial borders. Drawing on data collected between 2002-2007 through personal interviews, government reports and newspaper clippings, it documents how increased criminalization and the prevention of unauthorized flows of cross-border labour migrants have come to the foreground of national rhetoric concerning border development, territorial sovereignty and security. The chapter argues that the anti-trafficking discourse has had unintended negative consequences along a border where the mundane practices of undocumented labour migration are often not distinguished from the more exploitative practices of human trafficking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLabour migration and human trafficking in Southeast Asia : Critical perspectives
EditorsMichele Ford, Lenore Lyons, Willem van Schendel
Number of pages18
Place of publicationLondon
Publication year18 Apr 2012
ISBN (print)978-0-415-66563-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-203-12153-5
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2012
SeriesRoutledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series

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