Trafficking of Human Beings from a Human Rights Perspective: Towards a Holistic Approach

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Trafficking of human beings is a widespread practice in the modern world. It has been estimated that between 600,000 and 800,000 people, the majority of whom are women and children, are trafficked worldwide each year. The rapid growth in trafficking of human beings and its transnational nature have prompted the international community to take urgent action, and a major step was taken when the United Nations adopted the Protocol to Prevent and Suppress Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (Trafficking Protocol), attached to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (Organised Crime Convention) in December 2000. Yet addressing the human rights aspects of the phenomenon has proven to be difficult in practice, and so far a holistic approach which addresses wider issues surrounding the phenomenon has not been taken.
The purpose of this book is to go further than simply recognising that trafficking is a human rights issue. It attempts to establish a human rights framework to analyse and address the act by identifying applicable human rights norms and principles from the beginning to the end of the trafficking process, such as the rights to life, work, health, as well as freedom from torture and slavery. It then articulates key obligations under international human rights law, including the obligations to prohibit trafficking, punish traffickers, protect victims, and to address the causes and the consequences of the practice.

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‘The book rightly addresses policy as well as law.’

‘The resulting chapter is a real contribution to the task of creating a legal framework which in theory and in practice identifies and eliminates human trafficking.’
Sandhya Drew, Common Market Law Review 44-3, 2007.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004154056
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/30/2006
  • Series: International Studies in Human Rights Series, #89
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Obokata is a Lecturer in Law at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has extensive experience of conducting research on trafficking of human beings, and consults for governmental, non-governmental and international organisations on the subject matter.
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