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The last decade has seen a significant development of responses to trafficking of human beings at the national, regional and international levels. The transnational nature of the act requires global action with the involvement of different actors. One of the major steps forward to address this was taken when the United Nations adopted the Trafficking Protocol. Trafficking of human beings undoubtedly is a criminal justice issue. It affects the territorial integrity of States as the practice in many cases involves the facilitation of illegal crossing of borders in violation of national immigration laws and policies. Human rights dimensions of trafficking have increasingly been recognised in recent times. This suggests that a human rights framework to trafficking is also necessary in order to deal with the multi-faceted issues inherent in the phenomenon.

Keywords: human rights; national immigration laws; Trafficking Protocol; United Nations



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