Human Trafficking

Analysis Brief

The Human Trafficking Scourge

Human trafficking is a growing problem, affecting virtually all countries, according to a recent UN report on the crime. But the problem has yet to be confronted in many countries and non-governmental groups are divided on what to do.

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Article

Remarks on Human Trafficking

Author: George Bush

President Bush says his administration is “taking the lead” in helping other governments stop human trafficking, and he singles out Cuba as an egregious violator of international anti-trafficking laws.

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Primary Sources

Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime was adopted in 2000 and entered into force on December 25, 2003.

The UNODC states, "The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, was adopted by General Assembly resolution 55/25. ... It is the first global legally binding instrument with an agreed definition on trafficking in persons. The intention behind this definition is to facilitate convergence in national approaches with regard to the establishment of domestic criminal offences that would support efficient international cooperation in investigating and prosecuting trafficking in persons cases. An additional objective of the Protocol is to protect and assist the victims of trafficking in persons with full respect for their human rights."

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