Trafficking 101: a community resource for sex workers' rights activists

by International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe

As part of its programme 'Rights not Rescue: Sex Work, Migration, Exploitation and Trafficking', ICRSE is launching a new resource 'Trafficking 101: a community resource for sex workers' rights activists'

Trafficking in human beings has become a priority issue of international and national organisations, governments as well as corporations, businesses and philanthropists over the last decades. The phenomenon of trafficking in human beings – as defined and conceptualised in international and national laws - is rooted in global inequalities, neoliberal economies and corporate interests, inadequate protection of workers’ rights and the rapid growth of global migration. Anti-trafficking responses therefore should apply a holistic approach to address the complexity of these root causes of trafficking. In reality, however, most anti-trafficking measures apply a punitive, criminal justice oriented approach and primarily serve to fight illegal migration. 

The purpose of this community resource is to increase the understanding of sex workers’ rights organisations on human trafficking policies and priorities in Europe and Central Asia. The document has the ambition to be as brief as possible and thus picks only some aspects of the trafficking in human beings phenomenon. The text explains the definitions and terms used in international human trafficking policies and presents reasons why the definitions are still challenging even after nearly 20 years of their introduction. Furthermore, the resource summarises what can indicate human trafficking according to international standards. As human trafficking is broadly considered as a gross violation of human rights, the document also gives an overview of the rights that all victims of trafficking should enjoy, accompanied by short descriptions of challenges in their realisation.

  • Global
  • Advocacy
  • Capacity building
  • Human rights
  • Inequalities in health
  • Laws and regulations
  • Legislation
  • Migration
  • Policy
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • (Undocumented) Migrants
  • Migrants
  • Sex workers

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