Healing Victims Of Human Trafficking.
Article 3, paragraph (a) of the United Nations Convention on Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines trafficking in persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs. The definition contained in article 3 is meant to provide consistency and consensus around the world on the phenomenon of trafficking in persons. Article 5, however, requires that the conduct set out in article 3 be criminalised in domestic legislation. Simone Halpin is the Associate Executive Director of Naomi’s House, a residential home for women who have suffered from commercial sexual exploitation. And in this article, she shares with us what has been happening at Naomi’s House and the work it does.
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