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Human Trafficking: Introduction

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Human trafficking is a broad category of crimes that involves the threat or use “force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, slavery” or commercial sex acts.[1] It is a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry that oppresses millions of people around the globe.[2] Despite its prevalence, human trafficking is often misunderstood due to popular media misrepresentations and misinformation spread through news and social media. Understanding the law of human trafficking requires a close analysis of complex state and federal laws.

            This guide is intended to help researchers and practitioners find primary and secondary sources regarding human trafficking law. It is designed to supplement the Library at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and is not intended to constitute legal advice. This Guide also includes parallel citations to a source’s location within the library, where possible.

[1] 22 USC § 7102(11)  


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Institute to Address Commercial
Sexual Exploitation