Attempts to address the problem of trafficking in women at the bridge connecting Europe and Asia: the case of the former Soviet republics to Turkey from 1992 to 2016

Yildiz, Furkan (2017) Attempts to address the problem of trafficking in women at the bridge connecting Europe and Asia: the case of the former Soviet republics to Turkey from 1992 to 2016. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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This thesis focuses on trafficking in human beings, particularly in women, to Turkey after the dissolution of Soviet Union. The study analyses legal responses and their reflections on Turkey’s policy making mechanism to find a comprehensive and victim-oriented anti-trafficking strategy at two levels, international and national. The research is structured into eight chapters, proceeding from the general background of human trafficking, particularly female trafficking, to the development of the framework of anti-trafficking measures in Turkey’s domestic structure. From the literature review it is found that human trafficking is a multi-faceted problem, which needs a more comprehensive approach to tackle it. Despite the recognition of all forms of human trafficking, trafficking for sexual exploitation in Turkey of female victims from former Soviet republics is the focus of this study.
While doing so, the study analyses and compares the legal, political, and administrative differences between two specific periods: from the dissolution of the Soviet Union to 2002; and from 2002 to 2016. In the first period, the study focuses on the political and sociological transformations’ effects on trafficking in women as push factors in source countries, and the domestic responses of Turkey in prevention, prosecution, and protection. After these analyses, the study examines how the political, regional, and international aspirations of the AKP governments affect the transformation of legal measures on human trafficking in the Turkish legal system. In addition to these analyses and criticisms, the study utilizes the relevant parts of the US Department of State Trafficking Reports and EU Regular and Progress Reports to highlight the positive and negative sides of the domestic transformation of Turkey’s anti-trafficking strategy.
Concerning the development of Turkey’s anti-trafficking measures, this study explores what could be changed for a comprehensive anti-trafficking model for Turkey as the future of their anti-trafficking strategy. The study critically analyses previous and current legal, political, and social mistakes against victims in the processes from identification to protection, to build up a preventative and victim-oriented strategy by means of legal instruments and their effects on political measures. The study highlights the weaknesses, problems, and deficiencies to demonstrate the current situation, and also evaluates the influences of international instruments on Turkey’s domestic legal and political structures.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
D History General and Old World > DR History of Balkan Peninsula > DR0401 Turkey
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0012 Sexual life > HQ0101 Prostitution
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2017 12:27
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 12:27

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