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A human rights approach to preventing child sex trafficking<sup>1</sup>

Todres Jonathan

in Child slavery now

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9781847426109
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301714 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426109.003.0008
A human rights approach to preventing child sex trafficking1

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This chapter examines the issue of trafficking through the lens of a human rights approach. It argues that human rights, when fully implemented, provide a foundation to strengthen communities and reduce the vulnerability of children to sex trafficking. The chapter calls on governments and civil society to focus on rights that can further the goal of preventing child sex trafficking. In particular, the following rights offer significant potential for reducing vulnerability and protecting children from sex trafficking: the right to be free from all forms of discrimination; the right to birth registration; health rights; the right to education; and labour rights. Importantly, while the focus of the chapter is sex trafficking, these rights, when fully ensured, can help prevent other forms of trafficking and exploitation of children. The chapter also stresses the importance of a multi-organisational or multi-sectoral approach to child trafficking, one that does not depend on narrow policing, immigration, or social-welfare interventions.

Keywords: sex trafficking; human rights; children; civil society; discrimination; birth registration; health rights; education; labour rights; child trafficking

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