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Using International Human Rights Law To Better Protect Victims Of Trafficking: The Prohibitions On Slavery, Servitude, Forced Labor, And Debt Bondage

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Professor Bassiouni spoke out and wrote on trafficking and related exploitation long before it was fashionable for respectable international lawyers to do so. More specifically, his work on international criminal law, in particular his research into enslavement as an international crime, has proved to be extremely important in the construction of a new legal regime around human trafficking. This chapter has been inspired by Professor Cherif Bassiouni?s work and by his unwavering commitment to justice for victims of the very worst crimes. The chapter fleshes out several of the strongest and clearest human rights norms that could be applied to trafficking by the international human rights system, international and regional tribunals, and national criminal justice agencies. These norms include the prohibition on slavery and the slave trade, the prohibition on forced labor, and the prohibition on debt bondage.

Keywords: Cherif Bassiouni; debt bondage; forced labor; international criminal law; international human rights law; prohibition on slavery; servitude; trafficking; victims



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