Human Trafficking : A Serious Crime And A Grave Violation Of Human Rights

1433 Words Mar 1st, 2016 6 Pages
Human Trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, only after trade in illicit drugs; one hundred and fifty billion US dollars is generated in the private economy per year by trafficking (“Forced Labour, Human Trafficking, and Slavery”). Although thought to be a part of the past, slavery actually still exists in all parts of the world in the form of trafficking. Every year, countless men, women, and children alike fall into the hands of traffickers. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery where people make a profit from the control and exploitation of others. Human trafficking is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights.
The United Nations’ Convention against Transnational Crime—also called the Palermo Convention—was adopted by the General Assembly in November of 2000 and was entered into force in September of 2003 (“UNTC”). The Convention is further supplemented by three protocols, one of which is the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. It is the first global legally binding instrument with an agreed definition on trafficking in persons (“Convention on Transnational Organized Crime”). The protocol defines trafficking in persons as: the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability…

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