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Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol and Stephen Joseph Powell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814736937

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814736937.001.0001

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Human Bondage

Human Bondage

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Just Trade

Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol

Stephen Joseph Powell

NYU Press

This chapter examines the trade in persons, also known as human trafficking, and the way that trade rules have promoted it as a modern form of slavery. It first considers trafficking within the human rights and international trade frameworks and goes on to discuss how globalization has contributed to the increase in trafficking. It then describes the reality of trafficking worldwide and cites debt bondage as a common contemporary example of involuntary servitude. It also explores the trafficking of children, women, and girls as well as trafficking in countries of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. The realities and ubiquities of trafficking in Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States are analyzed.

Keywords:   human trafficking, trade in persons, human rights, international trade, globalization, debt bondage, children, Guatemala, Mexico

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