Changing the Narrative: Sex Trafficking and its Victims
Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law Volume 22 Issue 2 (2019)
34 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2019
Date Written: August 1, 2019
While several legal scholars have articulated why states should pass safe harbor, affirmative defense, and vacatur laws to protect victims, these laws remain unadopted or adopted in such poor fashion as to provide little assistance to sex trafficking victims. This paper focuses on how until the United States changes the narrative surrounding human trafficking victims, these laws will remain unadopted. This paper first discusses the legal framework nationally and internationally surrounding human trafficking. Second, it addresses the need for safe harbor, affirmative defense, and vacatur laws. Third, it discusses how misconceptions surrounding human trafficking prevent these laws from being passed. Lastly, this paper recommends ways to correct the narrative surrounding trafficking.
Keywords: human trafficking, sex trafficking, TVPA, safe harbor, affirmative defense, vacatur
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