Essay about Human Trafficking

2492 Words Apr 2nd, 2015 10 Pages
Governments Worldwide Must Place More Focus On Human Trafficking

A collection of current articles regarding human trafficking has been collected throughout this semester. The news reports vary greatly in geographic location but the underlying message that these events share is unified and clear. Governments worldwide must create specialized agencies, victim relief units, and allocate more funds towards the understanding and prevention of this growing crime. Due to the complexity of human trafficking, non-traditional law enforcement must be used. As stated in several of the articles gathered, a growing need for information sharing between organizations has become necessary. With enhanced human trafficking policies and
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Only in the last two decades has there been much government involvement in human trafficking identification and prevention. It was not until 2000 that an international definition of “human trafficking” was determined. This was when the United Nations Trafficking Protocol was being created. Currently, only 70 countries have enacted laws that address this issue.[3] The reasoning behind this lack of authority lies within the complexity of the crime. The definition of “trafficking in persons” has allowed for a global understanding of the crime and the UN protocol has described it in Article 3 as, “trafficking in persons shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer harboring or receipt of persons by means of 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 another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”[4] The article is broken down into its three

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