Human Trafficking Victims Protection Act

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Human trafficking is a heartless and inhumane treatment of our fellow humans in this life’s journey. There are many different perspectives and definitions for human trafficking because there are many different organizations and groups that are interested in this unfortunate occurrence. However, human trafficking, according to the United Nations trafficking protocol (2001:2), is defined as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat of use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, or fraud, of deceptions, 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, …show more content…

People are reusable and re-sellable, but also expendable; this is vastly different than drugs and some instances, weapons. There is a ubiquitous problem globally due to the lower risk involved. In every country, and throughout America this problem is universal and prevalent; therefore the governmental response should be one of developing and then enforcement of tough anti-trafficking legislation. The United States legislation on trafficking was developed to specifically assist severe trafficking victims. This legislation is known as the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and it only protects the rights of victims who qualify under its’ definition; and the caveat is that the victim has to be willing to help the federal governments’ officials to prosecute the traffickers. The definition of “severe” trafficking victim as per the TVPA …show more content…

House Bill 1121 strengthens the elements of offense for human trafficking. Senate Bill 1287 and 1288 establishes a hotline for rescue in establishments that serve alcohol. House 1751 establishes an account to fund grants for support programs for sexual assault victims, human trafficking victims, and human trafficking investigations. This is funded by a $5.00 fee for admission to certain sexually oriented businesses. House Bill 533 creates civil liability for the traffickers, by providing the victims with the right to sue their traffickers for damages. This is a few of many different legislative avenues for the victims to receive assistance and escape; as well as giving investigators the legislative authority that is needed.
Most methodological approaches to the research within and about this topic has been ethnographic in nature and this is due to the ethical dilemmas and challenges that arise. Mostly noted was the ethnographic approaches used in the varied research affected the research method that was selected. Some of the methodological techniques were easier to apply in theory than in practice and this is because of the response to gender

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