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This article discusses human trafficking within the GMS in relation to the strengthened inter-state economic and infrastructural connectivity, taking the life history of sex workers in Thailand into account. Over recent decades, Thailand became known as a hub of entertainment sectors. Traffickers often use socio-economic integration in the GMS to their advantage. Poor women are often lured by false promises of well-paid jobs abroad and pay exorbitant fees to agents for such an opportunity. Intermediaries introduce family members to agents who promise to make arrangements for the relevant documentation and transportation across borders. Traffickers use their own marked routes to transport their prey which are less visible than generally could be imagined.

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Additional Info

Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Crimes
  • Emigration
  • Human trafficking
  • Informal migration for labor
  • Migration
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Viet Nam
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Thailand
  • Myanmar
  • China
Copyright Yes
Access and use constraints

Creative Commons BY-NC-ND.

Version / Edition 1.0
License CC-BY-4.0
Author (individual) Ullah, AKM A.
Co-author (individual) Hossain, M. A
Publication place Austria
Publisher Society for South-East Asian Studies, Vienna
Publication date 2011
Pagination 17 p.
General note

Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies,Issue 4,Number 2,273-289

Date uploaded August 18, 2015, 09:25 (UTC)
Date modified August 18, 2015, 09:26 (UTC)