ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Sex Trafficking and Sex Work: Definitions, Debates and Dynamics - A Review of Literature

An examination of the present state of knowledge, discussion and responses to sex trafficking, especially in India, reveals two polarised stands: that of neo-abolitionists for whom prostitution equals trafficking and should be eliminated; and that of neo-regulationists and other groups for whom trafficking is forced prostitution, while sex work is a legitimate and willing form of labour that should be decriminalised or legalised. Without taking sides, this review of the literature describes the various arguments that will help contribute to a better understanding of the issue and inform the possibility of action.

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