Differences Between Prostitution And Human Trafficking

1984 Words 8 Pages
differences between definitions of human trafficking in order to bring about international consensus (Yoo & Boyle, 2015). Despite the many positive outcomes of the TVPA, significant amounts of work still needs to be done in addressing the prosecution of traffickers. According to Subsection 14 of the Act, “Legislations and law enforcement in the Untied States and other countries are inadequate to deter trafficking and often fail to reflect the gravity of the offenses involved and bring traffickers to justice” (“Victims of Trafficking and Violence”, 2000). This subsection demonstrates the unjust penalties for traffickers as no current law in the United States penalizes the full range of offenses involved in human trafficking. Many traffickers …show more content…
There is a strong link between prostitution and sex trafficking which easily blurs the line between who is considered a victim and who is considered a criminal. However, Utah’s prostitution laws and anti-trafficking laws fail to connect in any way. Utah’s code does not show the close connection between these two crimes. In Utah’s Criminal code, trafficking is not referred to in any way in the “sexual offenses” section that holds all laws pertaining to sexual abuse of children and prostitution. Utah’s code also fails to discuss the status of a trafficking victim who is persecuted under the prostitution status (Babb, 2012). This failure to acknowledge the connection and differences between human trafficking victims and prostitutes further harms victims and inadequately prosecutes the real perpetrators; pimps and …show more content…
Twenty different states throughout America have created state task forces to evaluate the various programs and resources available to victims of human trafficking. They also look at the various criminal statues which address human trafficking and report that information back to their legislature. In California, a task force was created which provided appropriate and adequate training to law enforcement working with human trafficking. These task forces are advantageous as legislatures begin to create and shape new laws by providing collaboration and insight into key problem areas (Babb, 2012). A task force assisting Utah legislature as they create and adjust laws will greatly help their efforts to fight human trafficking as they struggle to identify and assist victims and prosecute

Related Documents