Child Trafficking: ‘Worst Form’ of Child Labour, or Worst Approach to Young Migrants?
Article first published online: 19 JUN 2012
© 2012 International Institute of Social Studies
Development and Change
Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 919–946, July 2012
How to Cite
Huijsmans, R. and Baker, S. (2012), Child Trafficking: ‘Worst Form’ of Child Labour, or Worst Approach to Young Migrants?. Development and Change, 43: 919–946. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7660.2012.01786.x
- Issue published online: 3 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 19 JUN 2012
This article presents a critique to the human trafficking discourse in relation to child migration, based on data obtained from the anti-trafficking community in the Greater Mekong Sub-region combined with an analysis of secondary material. It also presents a set of qualitative accounts of migration at a young age from Lao PDR and Thailand. On this basis a more theorized, grounded and nuanced perspective on child labour migration is developed. This situates child labour migration historically, embeds it within overarching processes of rural transformation and accounts for young migrants’ agency in the social process of migration, the latter shedding light on the social production of exploitation in relation to young migrants.