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52 Wake Forest L. Rev. 477 (2017)
Fighting Human Trafficking Today: Moral Panics, Zombie Data, and the Seduction of Rescue

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        FIGHTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING TODAY:
        MORAL PANICS, ZOMBIE DATA, AND THE
                   SEDUCTION OF RESCUE



                          Denise Brennan*


                          INTRODUCTION
    Trafficking is one of the most pressing and visible human rights
issues of the day. It headlines news stories.' It has led to new laws
and  policies in the United  States and  around  the world.2  It has
inspired new  organizations,3 anointed new  experts, and launched
careers.4   It has  also  generated   a lot of  funding-from         both
government   coffers and private citizens' wallets.5


     * Denise  Brennan is Professor and Chair  of the  Department  of
Anthropology at Georgetown University. She is the author of Life Interrupted:
Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States and What's Love Got to Do
with It? Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic-a
book that explores how Dominican women strategically use the sex sector to
meet European tourists, feign love, and legally migrate off the island through
marriage.  Professor Brennan founded the Trafficking Survivor Leadership
Training Fund, to which all royalties from Life Interrupted are donated.
    1. E.g., Jacey Fortin, Flight Attendants Fight Human Trafficking with
Eyes in the Sky, N.Y. TIMEs (Feb. 7,-2017), https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07
/us/flight-attendants-human-trafficking.html; Roxana Popescu, Paradise Lost:
Sex   Trafficking  in   Hawaii,   AL    JAZEERA   (Jan.  22,   2016),
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/01/paradise-lost-sex-trafficking
-hawaii-160120111423579.html.
    2. E.g., Jesse Byrnes, Obama Signs Anti-Trafficking Bill into Law, HILL
(May   29,  2015,   7:02  PM),   http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room
/news/243519-obama-signs-anti-trafficking-law; Haiti Enacts World's Newest
Anti-Trafficking  Law,     FREE     SLAVES     (Aug.    11,    2014),
http://www.freetheslaves.net/haiti-enacts-worlds-newest-anti-trafficking-law/.
    3. E.g., Tom Embury-Dennis, Ashton Kutcher's Organisation Identifies
2,000 Child Victims of Trafficking in Six Months, INDEPENDENT (Feb. 16, 2017,
4:46 PM),  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ashton-kutcher
-child-sex-exploitation-victims-thorn-digital-defenders-of-children-us-senate
-hearing-a7583266.html; Kimberly Escobar, Maryland has Seen 66 Human
Trafficking Cases in 2016. This Center Aims to Help Victims, DIAMONDBACK
(Sept. 21, 2016),  http://www.dbknews.com/2016/09/22/safe-center-umd-umb
-human-trafficking/.
    4. See Emma  Llans6, Listening to the Experts on Human Trafficking, CTR.
FOR DEMOCRACY  &  TECH. (Feb. 25, 2015), https://cdt.org/blog/listening-to-the
-experts-on-human-trafficking/.
    5. Janie A. Chuang, Giving As Governance? Philanthrocapitalism and
Modern-Day  Slavery Abolitionism, 62 UCLA L. REV. 1516, 1531 (2015); Sue-
Lynn   Moses,  Funding   the   New   Abolitionism: Who's  Giving   to


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