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  • Trafficking of Women: Norms, Realities, and Chellanges

    The issue of trafficking of women for sex and labor exploitation is of such gravity that a number of special procedures mechanisms of the United Nations Human Rights Council, including the Mandate on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences, have paid particular attention to specific aspects of this topic. The Mandate on Violence Against Women was created in 1993 and has consistently raised the issue, particularly in country mission reports. In 2004, a specific mandate devoted to “Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children,” was also established. This paper highlights the focus and analysis of the work carried out by both mandates, including legal frameworks for the protection for women trafficked for sexual exploitation. The focus will be on the transnational trafficking of women. This paper also discusses challenges militating against effective remedies for victims of trafficking.