Used, Abused, Arrested and Deported: The Case for Extending Immigration Benefits to Protect Victims of Trafficking and Secure Prosecution of Traffickers


Trafficking is a hot issue, and as such, there have been a number of articles written on the issue. My article, however, is unique in many respects.

I address this article from my perspective of working directly with the governments of Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro to combat escalating trafficking in their countries over the course of four years in the Balkans.

This is the first article that pinpoints errors that governments continue to make in preparing legislation and anti-trafficking programs,

The first to enumerate proposals for enhancing victim protection measures,

The first to identify how enhancing victim protection will also bolster flagging prosecution efforts.

This is the first article to clearly identify and respond to counter arguments made by those opposed to increasing immigration options for trafficked persons, as both effective victim protection measures as well as a measure to improve prosecution of traffickers.

Finally, this is the first article to comprehensively discuss current trafficking trends and problems in countries host to international peacekeepers, that of peacekeepers engaging trafficked women and children for sex work or actually purchasing human beings in the local marketplaces. This is an issue that will surely become even more relevant with troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and possibly Liberia in the near future.


Human Rights Law | Immigration Law | International Law

Date of this Version

July 2003