From anti-trafficking to social discipline or, the changing role of “women's” ngos in Taiwan

Josephine Ho

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The central figure in the initial formation of the anti-trafficking cause was the politically militant Presbyterian Church of Taiwan. It is significant that at this initial stage, the anti-trafficking cause limited its targets to the evil traffickers and the inept police, and maintained a rather pragmatic attitude toward the tenacious existence of the sex industry as a whole. As public demonstrations gained increasing legitimacy under the rubric of democratization after the lifting of martial law, the anti-trafficking cause also found more grounds to work from than simple religious humanitarianism. It is a historical irony that, as the original anti-trafficking fervor dissipated and transformed into a large-scale project of social discipline, the actual “trafficking” of humans in Taiwan at the present moment is being conducted on a much larger scale than ever imagined. Since 1995, the once-anti-trafficking NGOs have evolved into mainly children's welfare or child-protection agencies, with more than two dozen subsidiary care centers or halfway houses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work, and Human Rights
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781351538787
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017


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