This essay considers the potential impact of viewing globalization as a racial project in relation to human trafficking. Through an examination of a wide variety of scholarly sources and the work of Omi and Winant (2015), this essay presents the argument that globalization itself is a racial project by tracing how race is interwoven with the processes of globalization. It then asserts the implications this conceptualization of globalization has for human trafficking, and particularly anti-trafficking efforts. Finally, it argues for the power of using such a conceptual framework and suggests the incorporation of a critical globalization perspective for future studies of human trafficking.

Author Biography

Sarah Hupp Williamson, M.A. is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at North Carolina State University. Her work explores the intersection of inequality, globalization, and human trafficking. Her current research focuses on using comparative historical analysis to examine factors relating to the growth of human trafficking in various regions around the world. She obtained both her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Criminology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.