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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the cruel and widespread practice of exploiting vulnerable women, children, and men for profit. Because trafficking can be identified in virtually every country in the world, it is considered a truly global crime. In addition to its transnational characteristics—taking place across international borders—human trafficking also takes place within countries. Acknowledging the severity of the offense, in December 2000 the United Nations introduced the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Eliminate Trafficking in Human Beings, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the Transnational Organized Crime Convention (Protocol). The protocol provides a common definition of human trafficking as well as a consistent framework to guide efforts of law enforcement, government agencies, and civil society actors. Countries around the world, including the United States, have subsequently passed ...

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