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WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING —
(United States version) The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) defines “Severe Forms of Trafficking in Persons” as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act , in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person forced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years; or, Labor Trafficking as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.
The UN Trafficking Protocol (the Palermo Protocol of 2000, an international legal agreement attached to the UN) contains the first internationally agreed upon definition of human trafficking. The heart of the Trafficking Protocol defines human trafficking as: (a) [...] the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring 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 vulnerabilityor 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. It is the opinion of TIATF that the US should include in its definition the terminology consistent with the UN Protocol since it further distinguishes that the trafficker uses deception, abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability when seeking their victims. Traffickers look for the vulnerable knowing how to deceive and manipulate them — the worst form of abduction — by causing one to lose trust in those they should trust the most. It takes a lifetime to “re-program” someone that has been manipulated in this manner.
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