Human trafficking is a recognized public health and human rights issue that effects all three of the World Health Organizations (WHO) tenets of health, “physical, mental and social well-being."
The 4”Ps” paradigm is an international framework that is used to combat human trafficking. The “4Ps” are: prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships, and legislation play a role or can be utilized in carrying out any of these 4 mitigation strategies.
However, while there has been a proliferation of anti-human trafficking legislation globally, more needs to be done, in terms of research, evaluations, and engagement to determine whether these policies have created unintended consequences, been successfully enacted, effectively communicated to the victims and the public, as well as whether they are delivering the desired impact: whether it be in terms of prevention or assisting victims with social reintegration and improving their health outcomes.
The main objectives of this special issue is to compile a timely and coherent set of scholarly work on development, enactment, and impact of anti-human trafficking legislation, in order to determine whether these policies are meeting their intended goals, and are helping to prevent, protect, and restore victims around the globe.
Contributions may be made on scholarly work that looks at legislation on a regional, national, and international level, as well as all forms of human trafficking.
This special issues aim is to make contributions to the current body of knowledge and foster discussions on policies direct and indirect impact on victims, in order to better allocate funding, develop programs, and mandate the use of best practices, in order to rebuild the lives of victims, and prevent other from falling victim to this public health and human rights issue.
Particularly, we are seeking empirical, practical and/or policy analysis submissions focusing on the following themes:
Note: The list of the themes is indicative and not exhaustive. Submissions on other themes under the main topic are welcome.
- The role of legislation in human trafficking prevention and intervention strategies
- Landmark, innovative, and/or promising legal approaches to mitigating human trafficking
- Case studies on how legislation has helped to successfully prosecute a human trafficking case
- Case studies on how legislation has assisted in creating systems for Survivor reintegration
- Analysis of state/national policies related to human trafficking
- Immigration policies role in exacerbating human trafficking
- The impact of legislation on human trafficking prevention and intervention efforts
- Cultural and societal barriers to consider and/or overcome to prevent human trafficking
- The impact of human rights activism on prevention and in response to human trafficking
- Advocacy strategies in support of anti-human trafficking policies