Abuse of a position of vulnerability within the definition of trafficking persons

Authored by: Anne T. Gallagher , Marika McAdam

Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138892064
eBook ISBN: 9781315709352
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315709352.ch15

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Abstract

In Chapter 3, ambiguity around the scope and substantive content of the definition of trafficking in persons was identified as a significant challenge to the effective implementation of the international legal framework regulating this issue. In 2010, States Parties to the Trafficking in Persons Protocol requested the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to examine certain concepts within the definition of trafficking that were proving ‘problematic’ at the national level. 1 The present chapter focuses on one of three concepts examined by the authors for UNODC in response to that request: abuse of a position of vulnerability (APOV) as a means by which the ‘act’ element of the definition of trafficking is committed. 2

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