Trafficking in Women

to appear in International Women's Rights Project

Marilou McPhedran

Published: December 2000

Keywords: women, refuge, trafficking, CEDAW, UN, international, law, slavery, trade, Violence against Women, Organized Crime, Human Rights, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)


As an international community, we do not lack for laws that address the global business of trafficking and the resulting damage to human beings. There is no further need for "head office" diplomacy or drafting of new legal instruments. It is time for implementation of the human rights principles that abound in the United Nations treaty system, for protection for those who have been trafficked, and for punishment of the traffickers and the purchasers.