Human Trafficking for the Sexual Exploitation of Roma Women

Date of webinar: 
01 Dec 2014
Alexandra Geisler
LINEA Network

This is the inaugural webinar of the new series hosted by the LINEA Network (Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse), a project of the Gender Violence and Health Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Alexandra Geisler presents findings from her doctoral research on human trafficking for sexual exploitation of women belonging to the ethnic Roma minority. Ms. Geisler’s research spans the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.

Ms. Geisler also discusses the value of using multiple methods to triangulate findings.

The presentation illustrates some of the main research results: 

  • Common characteristics and assumptions among counter-trafficking professionals
  • The mobility of labour, the risk of human trafficking and the forms of recruitment regarding force and voluntariness
  • Identity construction and the question of Romaphobia as an important part of the discourse on human trafficking
  • Dimensions of vulnerability to human trafficking and the interrelatedness of categories of inequality

ALEXANDRA GEISLER is accredited for her dissertation at the Institute for Social Science at Humboldt University of Berlin with the working title, “Human Trafficking for the Purpose of Sexual Exploitation with Romania.” Her work is a qualitative and quantitative comparative study in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. She also holds an MA in social science and is a state-licensed social worker.

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