The Problem Of Human Trafficking

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1. The recent surge of interest in ending human trafficking, a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon, has been slow and selective. The inner reason for the poor success is the prevailing conception of the problem.

2. This paper argues that the limited success in fighting human trafficking is to a large extent the result of framing the existing debate of human trafficking as predominantly a matter of prevention and protection rather than addressing the global market conditions within which human trafficking thrives . Unlike illegal arms and drugs trade, the profit from human trafficking is huge due to the fact that a human being can be sold repeatedly. . According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), the profit from human trafficking trade generates over $31 billion annually. For instance, the sex trade, the most common form of human trafficking (79%), generates billions of dollars annually and the victims are predominantly women and girls. It is, as Jonathan Todres puts it, a design failure rather than an implementation failure . AIM

3. The aim of this paper is to provide a new approach beyond criminalization upon which policymakers and researchers can collaborate to decrease the incidence of human trafficking.

4. Part I briefly examines the prevailing criminalization framework regarding human trafficking--both at the international level and in Rwanda. It argues that criminal conviction of the trafficker is necessary and desirable but, in itself, does nothing

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