Trafficking and Human Rights

Trafficking and Human Rights

European and Asia-Pacific Perspectives

Edited by Leslie Holmes

Human trafficking is widely considered to be the fastest growing branch of trafficking. It has moved rapidly up the agenda of states and international organisations since the early-1990s, not only because of this growth, but also as its implications for security and human rights have become clearer. This fascinating study by European and Australian specialists provides original research findings on human trafficking, with particular reference to Europe, South-East Asia and Australia. A major focus is on how many states and organisations act in ways that undermine trafficking victims’ rights.

Chapter 2: Human Trafficking: A Challenge for the European Union and its Member States (with particular reference to Poland)

Zbigniew Lasocik

Subjects: asian studies, asian law, development studies, migration, law - academic, asian law, human rights, politics and public policy, human rights, international relations, social policy and sociology, migration

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Zbigniew Lasocik Trafficking in human beings is a phenomenon that reveals the worst side of the human condition – true evil (Bales 2005: 27). Without piling on unnecessary pathos, we can say that, at a time when the experiences of several decades of atrocities have shaped the collective memory, the phenomenon of one human being selling another defies humanity. This is why it is imperative that we continue to analyse and redefine this phenomenon by asking certain fundamental questions. At first glance, the concept of human trafficking appears to be an unambiguous one that refers to a small number of easily identified and defined practices. However, situations occur that raise difficult dilemmas. We accept certain facts without much reflection; but further analysis reveals that they are more complex and controversial than is commonly appreciated. Two concrete examples will demonstrate this point. Early in July 2005, the Polish media reported that: ˙ Maciej Zurawski, a player with Wisl⁄ a Kraków, a Polish football club, was sold for the record sum of £2mn (c. 12mn Polish Zl⁄ oty) to Glasgow Celtic, a Scottish club. Before this most expensive transfer in the Polish league was finalised, the clubs carried out long negotiations. On Wednesday, the documents were completed and ˙ Zurawski underwent medical tests. The next day, on Thursday, late in the evening, the contract was signed, and the player became the new club’s property for the next ˙ three years. Celtic was not the only club interested in buying Zurawski.1 On 27 February 2006, the...

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