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Critical Theory, Human Rights, NGOs, Political Economy, Sex Trafficking, South Asia
Despite participating in rehabilitation programs, many survivors of sex trafficking in India and Nepal are re-trafficked, `voluntarily' re-enter the sex industry, or become traffickers or brothel managers themselves. This thesis discusses the challenges of institutional rehabilitation from a critical theory perspective. Drawing from three months of participant observation, interviews, and focus groups with rehabilitation professionals, this thesis will show that there has been a recent, positive shift in the discourse of survivor rehabilitation at the institutional level. However, a focus on individual rather than holistic change, the structure of the rehabilitation process, and a lack of assessment tools has made these theoretical changes difficult to implement, resulting in a gap between "rehabilitation in theory" and "rehabilitation in practice" and the persistence of the status quo.
Locke, Robynne Anne, "Rescued, Rehabilitated, Returned: Institutional Approaches to the Rehabilitation of Survivors of Sex Trafficking in India and Nepal" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 378.
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Robynne Anne Locke