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Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel, Sebastiaan Faber, Pedro García-Caro, and Robert Patrick Newcomb

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620252

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620252.001.0001

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Coerced Migration and Sex Trafficking: Transoceanic Circuits of Enslavement

Coerced Migration and Sex Trafficking: Transoceanic Circuits of Enslavement

(p.348) Chapter Twenty-Eight Coerced Migration and Sex Trafficking: Transoceanic Circuits of Enslavement
Transatlantic Studies

N. Michelle Murray

Liverpool University Press

This contribution examines the reinscription of discourses and logics central to chattel slavery to frame discussions of twenty-first century coerced migrations, sex trafficking, and global race relations. Chattel slavery has been a structuring element in theorizing the Iberian Atlantic from the nineteenth century to the present. This transatlantic posturing situates the Atlantic not only as a repository of memories of contact and conflict, but also a site of racial, geographic, and economic conflicts that continue to scar the surface of the earth.The essay places Eric Williams' Capitalism and Slavery (1944) in dialogue with recent studies of slavery in the Iberian Atlantic (Schmidt Nowara, Surwillo) and the short story "From Lagos to Lago" by Carlos Dorrego (2006) to examine race, capitalism, and the ongoing significance of transatlantic chattel slavery in representations of twenty-first century trafficking from Africa to Europe.

Keywords:   From Lagos to Lago, migration, trafficking, race

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