Date of Graduation

12-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Sociology (MA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Sociology and Criminal Justice

Advisor

Anna Zajicek

Committee Member

Lori Holyfield

Second Committee Member

Valerie H. Hunt

Keywords

Social sciences, Intersectionality, Nepal, Organizational narrative, Sex trafficking

Abstract

In Nepal, sex trafficking is usually associated with poverty, illiteracy and gender discrimination. To better understand the discursive dimensions of sex trafficking, this research examines the organizational narratives of the Nepalese anti-trafficking workers using the analytical framework of intersectionality. This study finds that the anti-trafficking workers' organizational narratives are influenced by both personal and institutional narratives. In their personal narratives, anti-trafficking workers recognize the multiple forms of discrimination shaping the victims' experiences, but the intersectional discriminations are rarely addressed in the anti-trafficking programs or services implemented by the non-profit organizations. After having identified sex-trafficking victims as experiencing discrimination based on their gender, caste, age, class, and geographical location, this study concludes that the international and local organizations must incorporate an intersectional approach into their programs and services for sex-trafficking victims.

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