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Lauren Schmidt INTS 210 November 10, 11 Position Paper When looking at the issue that is human trafficking it is important to distinguish between what is enslavement and what is a woman’s right to her own body. Another important note to make is where the law should step in and when do women’s rights falter. Exploring the differences between human trafficking and sex work can lead to the explanation that while human trafficking is an issue that needs to be addressed, we shouldn’t overlook a woman’s right to her body. While the majority of people would agree that human trafficking is a horrible thing that needs to be stopped, the world of sex work can often be affected as well. My point with this argument is that human sex slaves are different than self-decided sex workers and when talking about human trafficking it is important to discern between the two. There seems to be confusion around what actually qualifies as human trafficking and what is sex work, smuggling, and etc. The issue being that often times law enforcement in unable to tell when a woman is selling her body on her own accord or is being forced by a greater threat. Therefore, some countries try to ban all sex work in order to prevent any confusion and to try to disable all outlets for human trafficking to even occur. This paper will analyze the definitions of human trafficking as well as sex work, the different reasons human trafficking occurs, how countries are trying to handle the problem, and how sex work and human trafficking relates to globalization as a whole. In the article, Human Trafficking: The Unintended Effects of United Nations Intervention, the actual definition of human trafficking is discussed. The article adopts 1
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Lauren Schmidt INTS 210 November 10, 11 Position Paper Graycar’s view on the dissimilarity between human trafficking and smuggling undocumented people across borders: “The distinction between smuggling - the method by which people are moved across borders- and trafficking -a more complex set of processes involving labor exploitation in the destination country- is best conceived of as a continuum. On one end individuals are coercively trafficked which can include: abduction, kidnapping, and confinement by their abductors. On the other end of the continuum is undocumented migration, wherein migrants “freely choose” to work overseas (Graycar 1999, 2). If smuggling is simply a means for transferring undocumented workers across borders, which may or may not be associated with human rights abuses, then trafficking is the far more severe process associated with exploiting the labor of the victim in the destination country (Smith, 2).” So according to this article, human trafficking has to include abduction, kidnapping or some other form of forced containment. Sex work, in definition, is very different from what Graycar would consider human trafficking. A “prostitute” is a person, typically a woman, who engages in sexual activity for payment or corrupts use or purpose for the
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