2    Trafficking for labour exploitation

Getting the responses right

Roger Plant

Introduction: the challenge of labour trafficking

In December 2000 the United Nations adopted the ‘Palermo Trafficking Protocol’ to its new UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTAC). It requires all member states who ratify the Convention to tackle the problems of human trafficking through a range of measures including law enforcement and prosecution, the protection of victims and compensation for the abuses suffered, and prevention. And in doing so, they are required to give equal weight to the trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation (hence, sex trafficking); and trafficking for the exploitation of persons for forced labour or ...

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