Plying the Trade Freely: Prostitution and European Union Trade Agreements in the Case of Aldona Malgorzata Jany and Others

  • Mikela French


The international debate over sex trafficking has been mired in the debate over prostitution itself. The European Court of Justice’s recent Jany decision represents a laissez faire reading of European Union trade agreements. However, by employing a model of Governance Feminism, one may explore the realist consequences of the case for sex workers. Application of the model enables one to examine these shifts in sex workers’ bargaining power without deciding whether prostitution is simply work or inherent oppression. The author concludes that such an examination may lead to possibilities for prostitutes to ply both international borders and their trade freely.