03 May 2010

Traffick 101

Happy Monday!

When I was first introduced to the term human trafficking, it was almost obvious to everyone that it was something that needed to be fixed, but I had a hard time explaining in detail what it was. So today, a complete definition. This definition comes from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Without a definition, you may be told there isn't a universal definition, but there is. Trafficking is also easily confused with migrant smuggling or kidnapping but its very different.

'Trafficking in persons' shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs."
To be continued ...