Date of Award

Spring 2019

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies, Global Focus on Women, Gender and Sexuality

First Advisor

Diana Aldrete


Colonialism/capitalism1 continue to create and exploit a dehumanised labour population in the pursuit of profit and power. The current formation of such a population is formed through heterosexist, xenophobic and racist ideologies revealed in the discourses and practises surrounding the (mis)treatment of refugees, as well as sex tourism and human trafficking in Trinidad and Tobago. The legal backbone of these three modern expressions of colonialism/capitalism in Trinidad and Tobago are the Sexual Offenses Act, the Trafficking in Persons Act, and the Immigration Act. In effect, undocumented migrants, refugees, and sex workers are criminalised, barred access to human rights, and become an exploitable labour population. Despite the everyday oppression refugees must navigate, they demonstrate constant resistance.


Senior Thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.