Council of Europe Takes Action Against Human Trafficking

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Saturday, October 1, 2005
Konstantinos D. Magliveras
Trafficking in human beings, the modern form of slavery, has become a serious worldwide problem. In one sense, human trafficking could be regarded as one of the negative aspects of globalization. Opening borders, considerably easier movement of persons, decreasing availability of unskilled labor in industrialized countries, surging prostitution, and the undying hope for a better future have all been exploited by human traffickers who view people as commodities to be bought and sold for forced labor in the agricultural, sex, and domestic sectors. What distinguishes slavery from human trafficking, however, is that contemporary victims of human trafficking are protected by a number of regional and universal legal instruments which guarantee and protect fundamental human rights: the inherent right to life, the right to liberty and security, the prohibition of inhumane or degrading treatment, and the prohibition against involuntary servitude?[more]