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Trafficking Labels
October 6, 2006, 10:18 am
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coverging labels…

traversing… labels…..




Trafficking: Since 2000, a widely used definition is that of the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children (also known as the Palermo Protocol). According to this document, trafficking in persons is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.(http://www.trafficking.ca/)

Trafficking Labels.

Trafficking here means transportation, but with consent. It means making something usually perceived as stagnant malleable, across contexts.

‘Trafficking’, because what you traffic everywhere you go is most often your identity.

Today, I saw someone on the street with a t-shirt that said:

‘Nobody’s perfect,   I  am


Further up, a girl walking towards me, in a swift gesture takes off her dupatta to reveal a very formal shirt and trousers as she walks in to an Airtel outlet.The action was an act of defiance, which I felt was subtly directed towards me, clad in a black veil and pink kurta. 

And I , ‘veiled woman’ hate the proximity that modernity sometimes places me in with strangers.In this cyber cafe, the proximity with the next person on the next computer.

Just be sanitised.Dont react, these spaces seem to say.

I say, Traffic your self. Dont blend!


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Hi, i am in bangalore now. Studying at CSCS. You can mail me on zainabbawa@yahoo.com
We can meet up.

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