Research Handbook on Transnational Crime
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Research Handbook on Transnational Crime

Edited by Valsamis Mitsilegas, Saskia Hufnagel and Anton Moiseienko

This Research Handbook on Transnational Crime is an interdisciplinary, up-to-date guide to this growing field, written by an international cohort of leading scholars and experts. It covers all the major areas of transnational crime, providing a well-rounded, detailed discussion of each topic, and includes chapters focusing on responses to transnational crime in specific regions.
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Chapter 17: Legal perspectives on human trafficking

Geraldine Van Bueren QC


The international and regional legal framework created to combat trafficking is clearly in place. There are also legal definitions. It has moved from shameful beginnings to the detailed support for those who have been trafficked. Because of the breadth of the regional and international instruments and their recent date, it would be difficult to argue that such legislation is the product of ‘Western’ thought, and therefore it ought to be easier to harness the political will of all states to enforce legislation aimed at protecting some of the globe’s most vulnerable people.

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