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|Human Trafficking and Jurisdictional Exceptionalism in the Global Fishing Industry: A Case Study of Singapore
|Taylor & Francis
|Sallie Yea (2020-03-27). Human Trafficking and Jurisdictional Exceptionalism in the Global Fishing Industry: A Case Study of Singapore. Geopolitics 27 (1) : 238-259. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/14650045.2020.1741548
|This paper traces emerging legal-spatial practices of exclusion of trafficked migrant fishers from the human and labour rights protections of anti-trafficking. I introduce the idea of jurisdictional exceptionalism–that is practices that invoke particular demarcations of sovereignty to avoid protection responsibilities–to conceptualise these geographies of exclusion. Singapore, as a transit state for trafficked migrant fishers and location of labour agencies managing their contracts, is drawn on to illustrate one key spatial tactic of jurisdictional exceptionalism; namely, deflection. The discussion engages with recent critical and feminist geopolitical insights concerning the production and perpetuation of (in)security through legal-geographical exclusions.
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