Trafficking Women in Korea
By Sallie Yea
Routledge – 2015 – 256 pages
Series: ASAA Women in Asia Series
Based on in-depth ethnographic work, this book presents a study of Filipinas trafficked to South Korea, focusing on women who entered South Korea as migrant entertainers and subsequently became deployed in exploitative work environments around US military bases there. It contributes to the extension of our knowledge about human trafficking in the Asian region through an exploration of the experiences of more than 100 women who took part in the study. The book challenges many of the accepted understandings about "trafficking victims" and unravels the implications of these narrow understandings for the women themselves. It explores the ways women negotiate trafficking largely outside of the emerging formal anti-trafficking framework, and explains how new community formations and social networks emerge crafted by the women themselves to manage and overcome their vulnerabilities in migration.
1. Introduction Part 1: Trafficked 2. Circulating Sex Slaves 3. Sites of Trafficking 4. The ‘Sex’ in Trafficking Part 2: Un-trafficked 5. Romancing (in) the Club 6. Running to the Future 7. Anti-Trafficking and Un-Trafficking
Sallie Yea is Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Science Education at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.