Human Traffic Watch

Zero Tolerance Should Not Mean Zero Action

In Awareness, Forced Labor on September 22, 2012 at 8:49 am

For proof let’s look at the searing article, “If You Have a Zero-Tolerance Policy, Why Aren’t You Doing Anything?”: Using the Uniform Code of Military Justice to Combat Human Trafficking Abroad” by U.S. Army Captain Brittany Warren that appeared this past June in the George Washington Law Review. Given the general eye-glazing impact of most law journal articles it is not too often I use the word searing to describe one but I think this merits it.

The article abstract succinctly states the problem:

Human trafficking is a long-recognized problem with global implications. Officially, the U.S. Government has a “zero-tolerance” policy for human trafficking. To that end, the United States has enacted a variety of legislation since 2000 to combat human trafficking both at home and abroad. The over 600,000 individuals who are trafficked each year, however, are evidence that these laws are insufficient. Specifically, the current legal framework leaves significant jurisdictional, evidentiary, and motivational hurdles when it comes to applying that framework to crimes committed by civilian contractors abroad.

Perhaps you thought that sex trafficking and contractors was a past problem; something you dimly remember happening in the Balkan wars in the mid-nineties. If only that were true.

Source: Huffington Post

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