Human Trafficking- The Escalating Global Violation of Human Rights
Human Trafficking is a serious Global matter that violates a multitude of the Human Rights articles outline in The Universal Declarations of Human Rights. Thousands of individuals are subjects of Human Trafficking every year; the perpetrators of this crime do not discriminate, targeting men, women, the young and the old all over the world. Human Trafficking is indeed a Global issue, occurring in nearly every country on the planet. Not only does this heinous crime include sexual exploitation and forced labour, it is also a large contributor to the transnational organized crime epidemic. Although there are already measures put in place to put a stop to this issue it is important to continue to examine current measures in order to see what is successful and what could be improved. This paper will do just that and provide recommendations for further UN intervention to tackle this horrific Global issue.
Human Trafficking- People for Profit
Ranking amongst one of the most expanding issues across the globe Human Trafficking it is a multifaceted issue that threatens human rights, the fight against transnational organized crime and national security. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes’ treaty, ‘United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols Thereto’ defines Human trafficking as:
‘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’ (2004)
History of human enslavement can be traced as far back as the Medieval times. This modern age of slavery is prevalent in most areas of the world and blatantly defies many of the articles stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In particular, the first five articles from this declaration are violated. These are:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether...