Victims or Volunteers? Women in the International Cocaine Trade

Series Name Criminology
Speaker Dr Jennifer Fleetwood
Type Lectures & Talks
When 14 May 2014, 01:00PM - 02:00PM
Venue Department of Criminology
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free event
For Bookings Contact Mark Connor mec19@le.ac.uk

When Melissa Reid and Michaela Connolly were arrested in Peru for apparently trafficking cocaine media responses fell into two categories. Either they were 'victims' who were forced into trafficking by gangsters, or capable 'volunteers' who made a rational decision to make money from trafficking. This seminar draws on interviews with women drug mules to look at the reality of women's involvement in drug trafficking as mules. Drawing on recent theoretical developments in narrative criminology, this seminar demonstrates that neither category ('victim' or 'volunteer') accurately describes women's involvement in trafficking.

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