The Implementation Of The Victims Of Trafficking And Violence Protection

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Prior to the implementation of The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection in 2000, there were no comprehensive laws that existed to protect victims or prosecute traffickers. In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the TVPA. A federal statute, the TVPA was enacted to combat all forms of trafficking domestically and internationally. This paper, however, will examine the implementation of the TVPA on a domestic scale with the focus of the United States as a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking. The main goals of the TVPA is to establish the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Both focus on coordinating anti-trafficking efforts and producing data on trafficking. Working together, the two agencies have implemented a host of provisions in reducing human trafficking. They are also responsible for providing annual reports on trafficking as part of the State Department Country Reports on Human Rights (U.S. Department of State, 2014).
First, the TVPA provides a clear definition for trafficking, leaving minimal room for loopholes. In the past, identifying a crime as trafficking was on a case-by-case basis, but the TVPA defined trafficking as “sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age” or “the recruitment, harboring,…

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