Human Trafficking Is A Phenomenon That Transcends Not Only Borders
Dr. Catharin Dalpino
Global Policy Challenges
December 3, 2014
Human Trafficking in the United States Human trafficking is a phenomenon that transcends not only borders, but also culture, race, gender, socio-economic class and age. Whether it be as a point of origin, transit or destination, human trafficking affects nearly every country around the globe, and is becoming increasingly more pervasive as time goes on. It is an issue that needs to be dealt with swiftly, holistically, and sustainably. The United States’ approach is a premier example of the steps that each country needs to take in order to begin effectively combatting human trafficking in all of its forms.
In 2003, the United Nations adopted a supplement to the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime entitled the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children. This protocol, also known as the Palermo Protocol, contains the first legally binding attempt by the international community to come to a consensus on a comprehensive definition of human trafficking: “’Trafficking in persons’ shall mean 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 or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over…