Human Trafficking as a Phenomenon. From the Sacred Body to the Product Body Cover Image

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Human Trafficking as a Phenomenon. From the Sacred Body to the Product Body

Author(s): Liviu Zanfirescu
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Editura Lumen, Asociatia Lumen
Keywords: religion; sacred; erotic; cargo; human trafficking; organized crime.

Summary/Abstract: Human trafficking, in all its forms of expression (sexual exploitation - the most common, labor exploitation, begging, committing crimes, traffic of organs) is further manifested as a phenomenon with profound social implications. In the context of geopolitical, economic and social changes that the international community currently faces, we record new expressions of human trafficking, with a strong organized crime. Criminal groups have professionalized, are flexible, adaptable, and acts like the strategy of multinational companies that have penetrated into all spheres of social and economic life. Within these groups of organized crime, victims are treated as goods and sold for profit. The existence of this phenomenon, the size and area of distribution shows us that it is one of the social phenomenon that is fueled by social disadvantages. Inappropriate developments, threats to social order, are determined by the social change, theories, paradigms, concepts. Globalization, labor avatars, social imaginary, "transnationalization" of religions and cultures are realities of the modern world which confirms the deep changes of the current social. Social representations of the today body highlights a widespread of the narcissistic vision over the body - the object of social ritual in which beauty and eroticism set a new ethics of a relationship with the body. Jean Baudrillard in his book, (Consumer Society - Myths and structures) argues the rediscovery of the body that became an object, or rather a product. The modern body inspires enslavement and emancipation, as Georges Vigarello concluded in his work: History of the body - from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. Gilles Lipovetsky in Paradoxal happiness. Essay on the company of hyper consumption, concluded that this belongs to a new modernity that coincides with the "civilization of desire" that was gradually built over the second half of the twentieth century. Circumscribing to the new religion of continuous improvement of living conditions, the taste for a better life has become a generally passion for the masses. Since 1950 the most careful observers noted the inclusion of sexual domain into the dynamic consumer society. Sexual relations tend to become ,,consumer goods", due to entertainment. Contemporary hedonism and hyper consumption caused a growing interest in mining and converting the body from Eros to cargo.

  • Issue Year: I/2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 351-370
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Romanian