5    Displacing childhood

Labour exploitation and child trafficking in sport

Darragh McGee

Human trafficking has emerged as one of the most significant humanitarian issues of the present era, constituting a highly exploitative form of transnational organized crime and operating through a complex weaving of illicit and illegal global networks.1 While academic interest in human trafficking has long been concentrated on forced prostitution and the predicament of women and young girls, there is also a growing, if still relatively modest, recognition of trafficking for other purposes, opening the door to a more expansive approach that touches upon a diverse array of highly exploitative labour practices. Despite its being virtually absent from academic ...

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