Curbing sex trafficking in Turkey: The policy-practice divide

Coşkun E.

Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, vol.24, no.3, pp.327-352, 2015 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0117196815595326
  • Journal Name: Asian and Pacific Migration Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.327-352
  • Keywords: Turkey, sex trafficking, prostitution regime, migration, WORKERS
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© Scalabrini Migration Center.Based on field research, this study examines to what extent Turkey's current policy on sex trafficking adheres to the UN Protocol in practice and discusses how prostitution and migration regimes inform and affect the policies and practices against sex trafficking in Turkey. For this study, data were collected using semi-structured interviews with 23 key informants, each representing different perspectives on sex trafficking in Turkey. The study found that the prostitution and migration regimes of Turkey render migrant women susceptible to gender violence, and weaken the identification and protection systems that may result in the "re-victimization" of "victims" of sex trafficking.