Between protection and harm

Trafficked persons in Southeast Asia – where do the violations end?

Authored by: Emma Bowers , Elaine Pearson

Routledge Handbook of Human Rights in Asia

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138855700
eBook ISBN: 9781315720180
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Although trafficking itself represents a grave violation of human rights, policy responses designed to combat trafficking have often left human rights at the periphery. This chapter draws upon relevant examples from Southeast Asian countries to assess the impact of anti-trafficking measures on human rights and offers a number of rights-based approaches that can provide a template for the region. Particular attention is paid to the intersection of anti-trafficking measures with immigration and border control. Ultimately, measures which place the human rights of victims at the centre should guide and inform our response to human trafficking.

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