Defining Sex Trafficking in International and Domestic Law: Mind the Gaps

27 Pages Posted: 6 May 2013  

Michelle Madden Dempsey

Villanova University School of Law

Carolyn Hoyle

University of Oxford - Centre for Criminological Research

Mary Bosworth

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law; University of Oxford - Border Criminologies

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This Article undertakes a comparative analysis of the UN definition of trafficking (Art 3, Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children) and definitions of trafficking enacted in the domestic law of many state parties to the Protocol. The article identifies significant discrepancies between international and domestic definitions of trafficking and considers possible explanations for the gaps between the international and domestic law definitions.

Keywords: sex trafficking, human rights, definitions of trafficking

Suggested Citation

Dempsey, Michelle Madden and Hoyle, Carolyn and Bosworth, Mary, Defining Sex Trafficking in International and Domestic Law: Mind the Gaps (2012). Emory International Law Review, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2012; Villanova Law/Public Policy Research Paper No. 2013-3036. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2261194

Michelle Madden Dempsey (Contact Author)

Villanova University School of Law ( email )

299 N. Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085
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Carolyn Hoyle

University of Oxford - Centre for Criminological Research ( email )

12 Bevington Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6LH
United Kingdom

Mary Bosworth

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

University of Oxford - Border Criminologies ( email )

Manor Road Building
Manor Rd
Oxford, OX1 3UQ
United Kingdom

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