Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery

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Overview

In recent decades the international community has focused its attention on trafficking in persons, which is surely one of the most worrying phenomena of the 21st century. In Part I, this book examines trafficking in persons in the light of the recent definition of the phenomenon given by the UN Trafficking Protocol, and various other international legal instruments including treaties and 'soft law'. It analyses trafficking causes and consequences, and the most common forms of exploitation related to it.

Part II reviews the most important international conventions against slavery and the slave trade, and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. It also analyses the most important policy documents setting the basic standards of protection for trafficked victims - namely the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights' Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking - and comments on the extension of the jus cogens principle of international law that prohibits slavery, to argue that trafficking in persons ought rightly to be considered a part of it.

Part III deals with the Council of Europe and the European Union, and their fight against trafficking in people, arguing that the focus has been placed mistakenly on the prosecution of traffickers rather than on the protection of trafficked victims.

The book concludes with a recommendation to shift towards a more balanced approach to the phenomenon, and the overriding need to conduct further research on specific issues related to the spread of trafficking and the exploitation of its victims.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199541904
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Silvia Scarpa is a Lecturer, Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy

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Table of Contents

Table of Abbreviations

Table of Cases

Table of Legislation

Introduction 1

1 Trafficking in Persons as One of the XXI Century's New Forms of Slavery 3

2 The International Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade and the Action against Trafficking in Human Beings 41

3 Trafficking Victims' Protection in International Human Rights, Criminal and Labour Law 83

4 The Fight against Trafficking in Persons and Victims' Protection in the Council of Europe 137

5 The European Union and Trafficking in Persons: From Traffickers' Prosecution to Victims' Protection? 171

Conclusions and Recommendations 206

Bibliography 213

Index 223

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