Sex Trafficking as a Human Rights Issue
32 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2010 Last revised: 7 Sep 2010
Date Written: May 20, 2010
Multilateral treaties and customary international law condemn slavery. Since its inception, the United Nations has always been committed to the abolition or elimination of slavery.But despite a multitude of U.N. recommendations, decisions, and other pronouncements, slavery is not dead, and the traffic and sale of human beings for sexual exploitation are flourishing.
Trafficking should be dealt with not as an immigration problem requiring exclusionary laws and practices, but as a human rights issue. Conceptual clarity with regard to trafficking is the only way we can prevent the enactment of laws and programmes to prevent trafficking that violate other human rights of women.
Keywords: sexual trafficking, human rights, iccpr, icescr, united nations, feminism, sexual trafficking in India
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