Groundbreaking Author-Scholars Jennifer Musto (Control & Protect) and Leslie Wang (Outsourced Children) in Conversation

Tuesday, August 30th at 7:00p.m.

Musto’s Control & Protect: Collaboration, Carceral Protection and Domestic Sex Trafficking in the United States examines how enforcement policies blur the boundaries between punishment and protection in U.S. sex trafficking. Wang’s Outsourced Children: Orphanage Care and Adoption in Globalizing China addresses thorny questions raised by the intersection of transnational adoptions and globalization. Listen in on two groundbreaking researchers as they delve into how these  critical humanitarian issues reverberate and overlap on Tuesday, August 30th at 7:00 pm, Conversation with q&a and signing to follow.

OutsourcedChildrenIt’s no secret that tens of thousands of Chinese children have been adopted by American parents and that Western aid organizations have invested in helping orphans in China—but why have Chinese authorities allowed this exchange? Countries that allow their vulnerable children to be cared for by outsiders are typically viewed as weaker global players. However, Leslie K. Wang argues that China has turned this notion on its head by outsourcing the care of its unwanted children to attract foreign resources and secure closer ties with Western nations. She demonstrates the two main ways that this “outsourced intimacy” operates as an ongoing transnational exchange.

“…offers insights into the role of state policy, global competition and transnational circuits in shaping the meanings and value of children within neoliberalism. This is a must-read book for anyone interested in childhood in the global era.”—Nazli Kibria, Boston University

Control&ProtectControl and Protect explores the meaning and significance of efforts designed to combat sex trafficking in the United States. A striking case study of the new ways in which law enforcement agents, social service providers, and nongovernmental advocates have joined forces in this campaign, this book reveals how these collaborations consolidate state power and carceral control. This book examines how partnerships forged in the name of fighting domestic sex trafficking have blurred the boundaries between punishment and protection, victim and offender, and state and nonstate authority.

“An important and original book… Drawing upon an impressive body of primary research, she documents how and why recent efforts to protect vulnerable children and youth have too often translated into forms of incarceration, punishment, and surveillance.”—Joel Quirk, Head of Department, Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand

LeslieWangLeslie Wang is an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and researches issues of gender, family, and migration that connect China and the United States. Outsourced Children is the first systematic analysis of daily life in Chinese state-run orphanages. Currently, Dr. Wang is studying the issue of “satellite babies,” U.S.- born children sent back to China to be cared for by grandparents for extended periods.


Jennifer Musto is an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College. Her research explores the laws, technologies, and interventions designed to address human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and sex work.  She has lectured widely on these topics and her writing has appeared in openDemocracy, Social Politics, Women’s Studies International Forum, and International Feminist Journal of Politics.