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A Child Rights Framework for Addressing Trafficking of Children

39 Pages Posted: 7 May 2014 Last revised: 8 May 2014

Jonathan Todres

Georgia State University College of Law

Date Written: May 5, 2014

Abstract

The United States, Somalia, and South Sudan are the only countries in the world that have not ratified the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The symposium essay examines the value of U.S. ratification of the CRC to the prevention of child trafficking. The essay discusses procedural benefits of human rights treaty ratification, drawing on lessons from the U.S. ratification of the Optional Protocol to the CRC on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography. The essay then examines substantive benefits of the CRC, highlighting the treaty’s capacity to address many of the root causes of child trafficking and related forms of exploitation. Finally, the essay outlines the importance of a child rights framework to address the severe violations of rights that occur when children are trafficked.

Keywords: children's rights; human trafficking; treaty; procedure; prevention; Convention on the Rights of the Child

JEL Classification: I10, I20, I31, J71, K33, O19, O20

Suggested Citation

Todres, Jonathan, A Child Rights Framework for Addressing Trafficking of Children (May 5, 2014). Michigan State University College of Law Journal of International Law, Vol. 22, Issue 557, 2014; Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2432961

Jonathan Todres (Contact Author)

Georgia State University College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
United States

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